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Chairman’s Corner – 07.04.17


After Christmas and when the monsoons have cleared the season seems to go on fast forward and now most teams are winding up their campaign. We still have a lot to look forward to with our Long Good Friday, Awards night and our very own Merton World Cup. During the summer the SAL has some interesting discussions to have and some di cult decisions to take which will a ect the future of the League and of the clubs within it. At the start of the season the League granted a few clubs dispensation not to enter a rst or second team for this season. This was a grasp of reality as these clubs would have had little alternative but to leave the league. This was done for just the one season and was balancing the interests of the SAL, trying to keep as many clubs within it and those of the other individual clubs those who bene tted from the decision and the rest who had to live with it. A few seasons ago when our 3s left just before the start of the season our request to the League was summarily dismissed and whilst we seriously considered leaving the SAL it turned out to be too late to join another league. With the help of a sympathetic xtures secretary we’ve struggled through the sea- son losing about £3K as a consequence but luckily we have ended up a stronger club. Probably the right decision then by the SAL but times are a changing. But there has been a fair bit of discontent among the other clubs where the bene tting clubs have been successful. The need to keep clubs in the SAL – as some divisions are down to nine teams and only 16 games and the Spring Cup. What seems to have happened is a breakdown in the discipline – that the xtures must go ahead. I recall clubs like EBOG and CEV coming all the way from North London with just nine players to preserve the honour of their club and ful l the xture. But on Saturday the 3s opposition Carshalton 4s decided not to turn up. They let us down badly, and their club who have been very apologetic. The rules dictate that Carshalton 4s should have called up the their 5s to make up the number but the 5s were playing a cup nal so that solution which was not implemented was unrealistic. The consequence was that our lads had a totally wasted Saturday and missed their football. Carshalton the club involved are investigating what happened and have o ered to pay all our costs and given a full and heartfelt apology. On Saturday Len (our treasurer) and I went to watch the First team in their SAL Senior semi nal at Crouch End Vampires. It took us two and a half hours to get there by car as Hangar Lane gyratory was being re- surfaced and two hours to get home on the M25. I had all the kit and stu so that I had to go by car. The team travelled by train and did it in an hour or so. But travelling across London is both time consuming and expensive and not much fun. So we know further regionalisation is on their agenda. CEV have similar council facilities to us and very similar pitch conditions and facilities is another area where we all need improvements. (Incidentally it was an entertaining game which we lost 2-0 a little unluckily but on balance they were better than us and deserved it. It was a good competitive game with their second goal coming in 92nd minute). The SAL have some di cult matters to deal with and there are no right are wrong answers just di cult judgements and we need to make the best of it. One really pleasing area is Merton 7s continuing to thrive and the success of our recruitment campaign last summer. We need to continue that this summer and we have produced a poster that we want to be displayed at Colleges and universities. So if you know of anyone at a university or college who could put the poster up after the Easter holidays please let us know and we will get you some posters. (Contact [email protected])

Youth Results – 02.04.17

Only two games today for the youth section and both teams won.

Under 9s beat Barnes Eagles 4 – 2 great result considering they only had the 6 players.

Under 13s beat Doverhouse 3 – 0 another great result, goals from Ollie, William and Rohan.

Under 13s, 14s and 15s had no fixture this week.

Adult Results – 01.04.17

So then, onto the results from today.

1s lost their semi final 2-0 at CEV. who went 1 up in 65 minute and second goal in injury time. We hit post and bar and had the better chances but they deserved it. Good team and competitive game. A fine effort to put together such a great Cup run though.


















No game for the 2s, and the 3s were let down by their opponents in the Spring Cup, who failed to show. Also in the Spring Cup the 4s went down 1-0 to Old Wokingians, while the 6s kept their promotion push going in the league with a 5-2 win at South Bank. 7s pulled off another great result, winning 2-1. Well done all


Chairman’s Corner – 31.03.17

Chairman’s bit – 31 March

“You will be sadly missed”

Polytechnic is a great amateur football club and it is a great pleasure to play there with its wonderful facilities
and hospitality. And what has made it so good is the people who have built the club which was founded
in 1875. One of their Poly legends, John Keane has died recently. When I joined Merton in 1999 he was the
face of Poly. If you were playing at Poly he welcomed you, organised you, teased you and treated you. That
was on match days and i can only imagine how much he did behind the scenes. They say that when he retired
five people had to take over his various roles.
And of course it is people like him that build great clubs and such clubs are invaluable to the enjoyment of
our football and it is not just for Poly members but all of us. It did not seem that way when we took our 1s
over there for a mid week game in 2007 and got thumped 7 or 8 – 1. But John’s view of hospitality was that
you were a guest of Poly and you should have as good a time as you can without winning and in our case
that was definitely without winning.
He will be long remembered for his contribution and we need many more like him in Amateur football to
maintain the tradition of Sportsmanship and hospitality.
Another sad loss is Del Saunders who helped run the AFA for many years as the disciplinary officer. I was
always touched by the fact that he sometimes made what was for him the long journey to the Hood to see
how we were doing. He always came in the bar and chatted. He was interested and interesting.
What is special about amateur football and what does it stand for.
I was watching a television documentary the other night about Maya Anjelou. This lady was a real super star
who had done just about everything; a singer, dancer, actress, civil rights activist and had written songs and
books. Her publisher described her as an ‘amateur’ writer and went on to explain what he meant by calling
her an amateur. ‘ I don’t mean she’s not very good at it’ he explained. ‘Far from it, I mean she writes for the
love of it’.
And that got me to thinking about amateur football and us.
What differentiates us from professional football? Well, of course compared to Premier League there is a considerable
skill and fitness gap but at local semi pro level there is not. Our best SAL sides are now winning the
Surrey County Senior competitions. The old days of ‘shamateurism’ and boot money have disappeared and
we now have truly amateur football in which we pay to play and that means we do it because we love it.
Both these Gentlemen, John Keane and Del Saunders loved what they did and that is why they were so
good at it. Both of them will be sadly missed but remembered by many for their contribution.

Youth Results – 26.03.17

Today’s results from the Youth, baked in gorgeous spring sunshine (and a marginally chilly breeze):

The U9s had a very impressive win over NPL Bulls 4-3
U11s lost 8-3 against Esher Colts
The U13s drew 2-2 with Rocks Lane Utd. A special guest appearance from none other than Nick Clegg on the touchline, whose son was playing for Rocks Lane
The U14s kept up their good run, beating Old Isleworthians 14-0
The U15s lost 3-1 against Whitton Wanderers

Great stuff again boys, let’s finish the season strong!

Adult Result – 25.03.17

Results from a windswept dry Hood.

The 1s lost 1-0 to Actonians assoc. A poor game was won with a poor goal just before half time.

4s lost their Spring Cup opener 4-2 to west Wickham.

5s unfortunately went down 4-1 in a crucial promotion clash against Kew.

6s lost the first of the Double headers with Civil Service 4-0 but won the second 4-1. Video footage from todays game

But performance of the day is the 7s who won both their games in a double header at Bank of England 3-1 and 1-0 (Pics from the Hood)

Under 9s Super Season

Our U9s are having a great season in the Surrey Youth League and have been promoted yet again and now they are in the top 20 teams in their age group in the SYL along with top academy sides. This is a tremendous achievement by Garry and the boys. And well done to the supporters/parents. Like all our youth teams well worth getting down to the Hood on a Sunday morning to cheer them on!!!!!

Under 9s Super Season

Long Good Friday – 14th April 2017


Good Friday is good and all. But with a dearth of football on television, many shops and facilities closed for the day, and the streets deserted, it can sometimes feel like life has come to a standstill.

The good news is that you need not fall victim to this, because, at the Hood, we’ll be having our annual ‘Long Good Friday’. We’ll organise a bunch of friendlies, get some grub in, and make a good day out of it at the home of football. The sun has a knack for shining on Long Good Friday too. Do pencil this one into the calendar lads. Always a fun day out!

VETS GAME with the legends from Old West Citz.  Kick off 12pm

MERTON XI FRIENDLY – kick off 2pm 

Under 9s vs Carshalton Athletic
Under 13s vs Raynes Park Vale Youth
Hot food + hot cross buns in the bar – with a good old drink and catch up to celebrate the start of Easter. Not one to miss!!

Youth Results – 19.03.17

Today’s results from the Youth section:

U9s lost 3-2 in a hard-fought encounter with G4G Whites
U11s lost 5-1 to Molesey Juniors
U13s had an excellent win, beating Sheen Lions 4-0
No game for the U14s today
Credit to the U15s, who built on last week’s win with a very respectable 0-0 draw with Hanworth Sports

Congrats on another solid set of results to our youngsters!

Weekly Chairman’s Corner

Reconnecting with the past legends

Resting on our laurels is not something we do here at Merton HQ, and I’m sure you will have all enjoyed the new-look newsletter last week. This week we’ve even added in a quiz so that we can establish who the true fountain of knowledge at our club is. Credit must go to Sam who has brought wonderful enthusiasm to the Merton Way, and it really is one of the things which we believe sets us apart from other amateur football clubs.

One of the inserts I enjoyed most last week was the profile on Merton’s various Old Boys. It’s so important for us to keep the connection to those who have given so much to our club (and the pub!) over the years, and it is great to see the deep-rooted and lifelong affiliation these gents have with the mighty Yellow.

They will of course be in action on Long Good Friday against Old Westminster Citz, which will make for an entertaining spectacle. But, as those who were at the Vets’ game in October will attest to, the real entertainment was at the bar afterwards, so I’d strongly recommend that you don’t make any plans to depart the Hood too early on Long Good Friday!

Elsewhere, it was a bit of a mixed weekend of results for our promotion chasers – some of the pain self inflicted. But the 2s enjoyed a good win, while the 7s impressed yet again with a fine double triumph against Old Wilsonians. They have been a great credit to our club this season, and it is once again very pleasing that we enjoy such depth at a time when amateur football is under strain.

This weekend the 6s and 7s have double headers; the former will be looking to get their promotion charge back on track. The 5s have a massive game against rivals Kew which could determine their fate this season, while the 1s and 4s will be at home in the league and Spring Cup respectively. Here’s hoping for a positive set of results.