Adult Fixtures

1st Team vs; 2nd Team vs; 3rd Team vs; 4th Team vs; 5th Team vs;

Adult Results

1st Team; Reserves; 3rd Team; 4th Team; 5th Team

Todays Results – 1s drew 1-1 at home with Old Finchleans.

2s lost at home to Oilers in the Intermediate cup (Akram with our goals)

3s won 4 – 3 at West Wickham and celebrated and why not. (Goals from Minky 3 and Denys Minkey was MOTM and Fitz DOTD.

The 4s lost 7-2 at home to Bank of E (we were 2-1 up at one point) Matt Haswell getting the two goals. Very wet at the Hood but not in the bar!!!!.

5s lost 5-0 to Civil Service away James MOTM and Pete DOTD !

Todays results – 1s won away at South Bank 4-3 coming from 3-0 down Goals from Jonny (2) Glenn and Hugo with the winner!! Glenn was MOTM for winning the crossbar challenge 3 times and good old Vanny was DOTD for missing a sitter (All other contestants missing sitters scored) Great entertainment and well done to Rat who could have easily been MOTM for rallying the troops and getting the result!!.But great place to go and good hospitality Thank you!

2s lost to Civil Service at home lost 4-3 to Civil Service 3s Gresty (2) and Akram our scorers

5s lost 3-0 to Poly 8s Andy DOTD and George MOTM.

4s lost 3-1 away to Ibis Mustard MOTM and Iain DOTD Dom P the scorer.

3s drew 2-2 but lost in SAL cup 5-3 on pens Stoney MOTM and Denys DOTD Goals from Dan P and Roman with our goals.

Todays results – In front of some illustrious visitors on a very wet afternoon our 1s beat Ally Pally 5-3 with goals from Jamie 3 (1 pen), Jonny and the other Max. Jamie MOTM with Vanny DOTD despite strong competition from Sam Pritch.

2s lost 5-1 to a very strong Old Finchleans side.

The 4s and 5s battled and I mean battled to a 3-3 draw.

Carlo (2s C/F off to hospital with a nasty shoulder injury and all the best to him for a speedy recovery.)

3s game off and pics from the Hood!!

Todays Results.

The 2s won a very entertaining game against Wandsworth Boro in the AFA intermediate cup. It could have gone either way but an OG from a well flighted corner and a great header from Hugo got the two goals that just got us over the line against a very good bunch. Jack Costello MOTM and Scott DOTD for sin binning and yellow card. The 4s won 5-2 at Old Sales, with a hat trick from the returning Dom Plumridge. Goals also from Mike Elgar and Denys. The 5s lost 4-2 to South Bank conceding three in the last 15 mins. Andy and Dwayne scored our goals. The 6s drew 3-3 with goals from Wes, Niall and Martin Q with the goals.(pics from the hood)

Todays Results and better news –

The 1s opened their account winning 5-2 at Old Stationers Goals from Jonny Graham (2) Jamie Cross (MOTM) Sam Harvey and Sam Pritchard. Glenn DOTD. The 2s just down the road at EBOG lost 6-3 but Carlo scored all three for a MOTM Hat trick with Hugo Hernandex getting a DOTD. The 3s won at Poly 2-1 as we know but the the 6s lost a cup game at the Hood to a very strong Old Alleyns side. (pics from this game ) 4s lost 4 – 1 against HSBC 4s, Ryan Millard getting the only goal. But thanks to our managers and fixtures sec who worked so hard to ensure that we got 5 teams out today and thanks to those who traveled to help out.


A rather disappointing set of results today!
The 1s travelled to Old Finchleans, a very nice venue with good facilities and hospitality but lost 3-0. MOTM Sherbs in goal so it could have been worse but Gabbi nailed DOTD being our only sub sunbathing boots off when called to come back on!!
The 2s had a goal fest at Weirside but lost 6-4. Carlo scored twice and secured MOTM Tom Benham and Jason Trudgain got the others whilst Matt (Carlo’s brother got a DOTD.
The 3s lost 5-3 at Old Wilsonians goals from Dan Peace, Denys and Iain Evans Pen.MOM was Adam Lynch whilst Iain got DOTD for a foul throw.
The 5s lost 2-1 (andy B with a pen) MOTM was Scott and Nathen was DOTD.
But by far the best result and our only winners were our 6s who beat Old Wilsons 7s 6-4 with Matt getting Three goals and MOTM, Lewis, Steve and James were the other scorers. Niall nailed DOTD. The 4s did alright as they had the day off. 

Todays News – A distressing event caused 6s away friendly at Old Sutts to be abandoned as our member,Tom Lynch suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle and has undergone surgery. We all wish him well and a speedy recovery. Results The 1s lost at home to a strong Civil Service side 0-3 with three first half goals settling the issue. We improved in the second half but were always coming second to a better side! Pete Brown MOTM and Sam Pritch DOTD (numerous citings) in front of his mum and dad.The 2s had a good win aagainst BOE 3s whose GK had a MOTM performance and it was three late goals in the end. Goals from Wes 2 and Glenn. The 5s wn 5-1 Goals from Ryan, Andy 2, Chris and Matt with MOTM Matt and DOTD Luke. 4s still playing against Alleyns. Also many thanks to Denys and his good friends who were painting the clubhouse Well done Boys but thoughts with Tony Lynch tonight. (Pics from the Hood) ..

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)

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 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).

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Note from chairman Max Herbert

It is Merton’s AGM on Wednesday and I am standing down as chairman and not standing for the committee and this is after more than twenty years of involvement. Unfortunately I haven’t been at the club much this last season. In September 2019 I was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and I handed my duties over to Simon (Clappers). He has done a terrific job of managing the club and I am very grateful to him and the members that have helped him in what has been such a difficult time.
Since my diagnosis I have had two series of weapons grade chemo, one before and one after the major surgery to remove the tumour and my oesophagus. The treatment has necessarily been brutal but has all gone to plan. The surgery is life changing and recovery has been frustratingly slow and it may be another 12 months before I will achieve anything like normality. I need to devote all my energies to my recovery.
So after more than 21 years I am handing over to the very competent management team that will be taking the club forward, led by Clappers. Merton is a terrific football club because of its members and that is one of the main reasons I have enjoyed my involvement and am grateful for the support, help and friendship I have received from Clappers, Len, Toddy, Mustard, Lofty, Sherbs and too many others to mention. I hope to come down to the Hood and support the boys in the future but that probably won’t be until next year. I wish you all the best of fortune for a successful season and with its strong membership and leadership I am confident that Merton will continue to flourish on and off the field. Max
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