Yesterdays results – 1s/2s lost 4-3 to old Alleyns 2s in a competive game. We managed to relocate the self destruct button after going 2-0 up early on but rallied in the second half with some promising football.(scorers Claps/Vanny and Carlo MOM) Stuart Dick of the day 4s beat Kings O.B. 4-1 with Dan Peace getting a hat trick and MOM with good old Mustard getting DOTD for a nutmeg in front of the massed home supporters!.Our 3s lost 3-0 to Old Tennisonians MOTM – Jack DOTD Andrew V-P and finally our 5s/6s lost lost 4-3 with goals from Dulanjie 2 and Billy G. (misc pics from the Hood)
Category: Archived News
Chairman’s Review 2019
Overall a satisfactory year.
On the pitch
It was a slightly disappointing year on the pitch
Having dropped down to six teams we fulfilled our fixtures with only a little bit of manoeuvring but thanks to Clappers for this and all the managers and captains who helped with the overall effort and managed their teams so effectively. Although the results were disappointing there was a lot of fun and enjoyment had.
I always think we underperform as I always start the season with such high expectations.
The only thing we won came right at the end when our boys won the tournament in the Algarve and rather strangely I watched the games live streamed into my kitchen. Well done! Thanks to Jimbo and Clappers for organising this event and hopefully we will repeat in fiture years.er for
Also I would like to thank Ed Plaistow who has been our fixtures secretary for the last two seasons and is stepping down from this role and also from managing our 4s which he has done for a good few years. Lofty (Simon White) will be taking over both those roles for next season.
Our disciplinary record this season was ok and thanks are due to Steve Burchell for managing this all so well..
Off the pitch
We always set the subs and match fees with the aim of breaking even and we are probably going to fall short of that with a small deficit. However the good news is that we will be able just about going to break even Fingers crossed that means that at our forthcoming AGM we will be proposing that subscriptions and match fees stay the same for next season. Thanks are due to Darren Avey who has facilitated our introduction of SLATE successfully and to Len Freeman, our treasurer who keeps our accounts and us up to date with the finances.
The Bar. One of the things that makes us stand out amongst other clubs is our bar and hospitality. This is at the centre of our football club. Great thanks due to our President, Dodge and to Sharon and Val for their good work.
The other thing that makes us stand out is our up to date web site and facebook and our Meron Way. Thanks are due to Matt Haswell and Luke Newman for this and for all the match reports. Keep them coming and remember we do have a competition for the best contributor which Dave Golding won this year.
Events We have also had a number of successful events; quiz night, Christmas Jump off, World cup, Long Good Friday, Superbowl and our Awards night. Thanks to the organisers; Clappers, Sherbs Ryan, Iain Evans, Toddy and all the others. Daren Avey always helps out with a great BBQ 9aswell as SLATE, Stats and Last Man Standing.)
This year we resurrected the Tour with a great trip to Portugal – Albufeira in the Algarve where we won something. I was able to watch us winning the tournament Final on my computer in my kitchen as the games were live streamed. Amazing.
Our Vets have had a couple of games ,, one on LGF with OLD Westminster Citz Vets with the evergreen Jim Perrin organising a fine body of footballers and drinkers. Its always a good event!
The Youth Section is still going strong and Daniel Woollard has done a great job to achieve this. All the Managers have to work really hard with managing the teams matches and parents. The Hood really buzzes on a Sunday morning and we need to try and give the section more support.
We are indebted to Clappers for all our general organisation and Toddy for his administration and support. Apart from those who won awards (see Later) I am grateful to Iain Evans and Dave Golding for helping out when needed.
Summary and looking forward.
It is always a relief to get to the end of the season and to say we have survived. Not all Clubs and teams do this and we have more casualties in Amateur football with grounds under threat and clubs struggling for players and facilities.
But we have done more than survive we can look forward to another season of competitive SAL football and we will be celebrating our hundredth year in the SAL this summer (August 24th).
But what do we want you to do. If we are going to run six teams we need new members. So if you have enjoyed your season with Merton, it may be your first then get some of your friends down. Bring them to pre season training remember membership is £90 but if you introduce a new member its £100 for the two.
Have a good summer and see you in July!!!
Also, we’ll be running our usual Last Man Standing this season. It’s a score predictor game, where you just need to pick a team to win in the Premier League each weekend (can’t use the same team twice). If your team draws or loses, you’re out. Last Man Standing wins the pot. It costs £10 to play, and you can sign up by downloading the Tippd app, and then clicking on the link below. If you want to play, let Toddy or Darren Avey know and we’ll set you up on Slate (and the whatsapp group).
Another good training session at the Hood with 40+ attending. Thanks to Clappers, iain and Nile for organising the workout and our new fitness trainer Vuyo Saunders for torturing the lads. But its all for their own good with the season starting in September and pre season friendlies starting this weekend. At the Club’s AGM held after the session all the resolutions were passed so Clubs fees stay the same for next season.
Yesterday saw the start of our pre season friendlies with the customary Matches against the Bank of England. The 1s/2s managed a 2-0 win (josh and George) but the 3s/4s lost 2-1 (Dave Golding Pen.) Pics show the usual suspects downing penalty pints in our post match ritual but also showcase our excellent blue change strip with our legendary pink socks!! Good results against a very strong club but even better news we have just taken delivery of a new supply of pink tape. All set fair for the season!!!
Great turnout at training tonight! 40-odd in attendance and a good mix of old faces and new. Roll on next week!
Please continue to attend and also spread the word to friends, family and colleagues about training and joining the club for the new season.
Also if interested in purchasing a Merton FC training top for £15, please contact Simon Clapperton.
Keen golfers alert! The Merton FC Golf Day will be taking place on Friday 2 August at the Oaks Golf Centre, Carshalton. There are six tee times booked, the first of which is at 11:30am. It costs £20 in greenfees, plus a nominal £10 for our internal competition. Open to all members and friends of Merton FC. If you are keen to play, please reply on Facebook post, or message Toddy
So the result is in……Having been 4-0 down at the break, a solid second half performance wasn’t enough against a very good Polish side who won the game 6-3. Goal scorers were Andy Bitmead (2) and Darren Avey with a penalty (videos to follow). Dick of the Day goes to Luke Newman. Turns out that getting tanked up the day of the game wasn’t the best idea! Man of the Match was the keeper kindly donated to us by the opposition. Merton Man of the Match was John Katandika after a solid defensive display even though Merton Conceded 6. We couldn’t have played against a nicer bunch off lads. Kept it clean yet competitive. A massive shout out to the referee too. Kept it fair and professional. Time to head off back to the hotel to get ready before heading back for a night out in Gdańsk. 🇵🇱🐗⚽️🍺
When you get in from your final night out in Poland 🇵🇱 to find a boar 🐗 outside your hotel
Awards Night and Champions League Final – another great night at the Hood.
Aaron Ackerman wins Club Person of the year and Dave Golding Club Player of the Year both for their tremendous work this season. Congratulations to both for their popular and well deserved awards.
Thanks to Clappers, Sherbs, Iain Evans for organising it all and as ever our bar staff.