Norsemen celebrated their season with the Annual Dinner being held on Friday night at The Masonic Hall, Southgate where in excess of 90 Players and Ex Players attended an enjoyable evening.
During the evening there are the Annual Awards.
The prestigious Norseman of the Year Award went to Nick Murray, 1st XI Player and Club Secretary, Nick fully deserved his award for all his hard work throughout the year.
The Benyon Windsor Award is given to the most promising Young Norseman of the Year and this year's Trophy went to Jack Robery who has jointly led the Norsemen Reserves to the SAL Div 2 Championship Title.
The Sam Simpson Award is given to the Team which shows the Best Discipline and Hospitality/Sociability. This seasons winners are the 6th XI capably led by Lee Reynolds.
Other individual Awards are given to the Player of the Year of each Team chosen by their Captain.
1st XI - Nick Mann
Res XI - Eoin Delahoye
3rd XI - Ricky Williams
4th XI - Absent
5th XI - Andreas Paviou
6th XI - Bobby Bartlett
7th XI - Jason Bush
Os Ibrahim our 1st XI Captain made an excellent speech and captured the audience attention which is not the easiest thing to do at Norsemen Dinners of past.
It is with great pride that we are still able to hold such a Great Evening showing that there is still spirit and Camaraderie in our great club.
It was duly noted that that our Discipline needs to be improved and every effort will be made to do so next season.
Some Images below capture the Reserves celebrating their Championship victory at the Norsemen Dinner 2015.
WALK TALL YOU BLUE GIANTS!!!
After the excitement of the Reserves winning the Championship of the SAL Intermediate 2nd division last Tuesday evening, this last Saturday went out with a whimper with only two games played.
The 1st XI drawing 1-1 away to Ibis and the 3rd XI winning 3-0 away to Old Stationers.
The 3rd XI lie in wait of other results, but look unlikely to gain promotion having led the league for most of the season.
There is only one match left to be played, the 1st XI at home to Lloyds the third division champions at 6.00pm on the May Day Bank holiday.
I think the club has the potential to be successful in the near future my ideal would be a 1st and Res XIs combined squad of say 30 players with two coaches involved to take training and watch the matches. I think we have the players to make this a strong combination maybe this last game would be an opportunity to blood some players who have not played in the 1st XI this season.
We always need new players and unlike some clubs who have strong connections with Universities and schools we are reliant on the Internet and introductions from members. We have a great product to sell so let's see if we can each bring along one new player for next season.
Next Friday is the Annual Dinner, we are one of the few clubs who still have one so it will be great to keep this old tradition alive, so I hope to see you all there
Norsemen Res XI clinch the SAL Intermediate Div 2 title with a 1-1 draw against their only title contenders NUFC Oilers in a hard fought game at Hanwell Town FC under floodlights last night.
Massive congratulations to Joe Morris & Jack Robery who have led this young side to the title.
They took the lead midway into the first half through their talisman Charnce Dash who scored his 38th goal in 18 matches for the Reserves this season.
Oilers fought back and were a different team to what visited Norsemen on Easter Saturday and equalised on 30 minutes as well as hitting the woodwork soon after..
However, the defence stood firm in the second half with Jack Robery commanding behind them between the sticks.
This is a great achievement for a group of young lads who have come back to Norsemen following some disciplinary issues. They have shown great enthusiasm for the club this season and although the discipline needs to be curbed, hopefully another year will start to improve on this, which is much needed by our great club.
WALK TALL YOU BLUE GIANTS!!!!
I am glad this season is drawing to a close as I am running out of new and original things to say.
No game for the first team this week just two games for the Res XI and 3rd XI which both ended in victories by 4-1 and 5-2 respectively.
The Res XI complete their programme on Tuesday evening under floodlights at Hanwell Town FC when they play their only contenders for the title NUFC Oilers, a point will clinch the championship of the SAL Intermediate 2nd Division.
The 3rd XI still have an outside chance of promotion if they win their last game next Saturday, if they do not go up they will be unlucky to miss out with the number of points they have achieved, well done to Danny and his team.
This is the end of my second season as President, at the beginning I set a three year target of getting all our sides back into the first division's of their respective leagues. This became more difficult when the 1st XI were relegated last season so it cannot be achieved by the end of next season, but we have the Reserves promoted the 3rd & 4th XIs narrowly missing out and our lower teams well placed.
Given a well organised and committed close season and with the right skippers we are in a good position to continue to progress towards our target.
I think we need to sort out the personnel in the top two teams and badly need a coach to assist in this any volunteers would be most welcome
Norsemen is a friendly local club, with coaches qualified from level 1 upwards, costs and playing facilities are very favourable in relation to other teams. James Corbett the coach of this squad is looking for two/three squad players for next season for the under 11 squad (school year 5 currently).
Norsemen provide some of the facilities in the North London, with some of the best pitches looked after by our 2 groundsmen and we also have new dressing rooms.
We have a Soccer School at the club from 10.00am to 12.00 noon every Saturday morning, where we look to teach children from age 7 the basics about football with the aim of having them form a team and start playing in a league. All of our coaches are at least FA Level 1 or Level 2 qualified, First Aid trained and CRB checked.
We are members of the AFA and currently have teams playing on a Saturday and Sunday morning in the Cheshunt League, Eastern Junior Alliance League and the Mid-Herts League. Our under 12’s have reached the Mid-Herts Divisional cup final, the under 13
Below is the Norsemen Under 9s team who have just beaten Wormley 2 – 1 in Phil Nicholas Cup Final May 2008. A few years on and four of this squad are playing football at a senior level, Martell Taylor-Crossdale for Chelsea & England, Alfie Whiteman for Spurs & England, Kieron Cathline for Watford and Paul Symes for Dagenham & Redbridge. This team was jointly coached by James Corbett and Colin Paris and was one of the most successful youth teams in recent times.
James Corbett, the coach of this squad, is looking for two/three squad players for next season for the under 11 squad (school year 5 currently).
We are also looking for new coaches for next season, 2015/2016 at various age groups, the successful candidates need to be FA Level 1 qualified.
If you are interested in joining the club as a player or a coach then please contact us through the club website or call Chris Sears on 07885 807244.
A rarity at Norsemen FC, league football over Easter due to no tour this year, maybe it can be reinstated next year, but I doubt it we live in a very different world with so many things to do, those of us who experienced it can look back with happy memories those who didn't don't know what they missed.
The 1st XI struggled to get out a strong team due to holidays and lost 6-2 to Old Stationers, I am afraid another season in the third division for them, we really should with our history and facilities be playing above that level.
The Res XI beat their only challengers NUFC Oilers for the 2nd division championship 4-1 and in doing so clinched promotion. Our team were really up for this match and got off to a good start with a goal in the first five minutes then conceded an equaliser shortly after. We took the lead with a brilliant goal from Charncey just before half time. We dominated the second half scored two further goals and thoroughly out played a good Oilers team. This game was played at a thunderous pace with total commitment on both sides, it was near to boiling over on several occasions and only due to some leniency from the excellent referee were there only two bookings one on each side.
We have to do some serious thinking about the first two teams for next season, there is no doubt that a combination of the best players from these two teams would make a very powerful first team next season and we will also need a good reserve team to survive in the top division.
We need to change the attitude of only wanting to play with your mates surely everybody should be ambitious to play in the highest side possible a difficult job for the Commitee but one that badly needs to be taken on.
A BIG THANK YOU
To all the Norsemen players who stayed and presented me with such a good farewell moment upon my retirement as Club Manager. The whole thing was a total surprise and the gifts even more so, they are sincerely appreciated and the sparkly beverage will be downed speedily on a non driving day, so I am sorry but you won't be joining me on that one.
It was great to see so many of you that have passed through the ranks from the juniors to boisterous twenties and now with your own families. The Norsemen Club has always been kind to me giving many treasured memories both on and now what seems like an eternity, off the pitch. Many great friends who remain true to our early days of fifty years ago. It's a great place for life long mates - so make sure you all make the most of it and do your best to nurture The Club through its difficult times, It will repay you in so many ways.
Well that's it for nostalgia, looking forward is where I prefer, so best of fortune to the 2's and 3's in their quest for promotion and success to the rest of you in seeking beers and fame at the bar.
Thanks Danny G for doing the MC on the night, a bit of luck that One Hundred and Eighty did not have to be called
See you all soon
It is with much regret that I have to inform you of the passing of a former ‘Great’ Norsemen characters, David Abbey.
He was 73 years of age and passed away last Saturday following a short illness.
Dave played at the top level of Cricket for Edmonton CC and Middlesex CCC as well as one of our greatest 1st XI Goalkeepers for someone so short during the 60’s & 70’s.
Always a great entertainer on the field and in the bar.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
RIP Dave Abbey!!!
Difficult choice of matches with both 1st XI and Res XI having important games and playing locally.
The 1st XI following their draw on Monday evening were away to promotion rivals Southgate Olympic, they led by 2-0 at one time but were pegged back and the match ended in a draw. The game was played in difficult conditions with a strong wind blowing down pitch for the entire game. I think that too many poor results earlier in the season are going to cost us promotion.
I watched the Res XI at EBOG needing a win to gain promotion, we started well and dominated the game but then a succession of errors found us 3-0 down and down to ten men due to a sending off for a second yellow card. Things got worse at half time when we had a second sending off. We were now kicking into a strong wind facing what seemed a hopeless task with 9 men, we had created this situation by stupid behaviour, but the team using the rolling substitutes rule to our advantage put up a magnificent display which led to them scoring the equaliser in the last minute from a free kick.
This team has great spirit and some good players but they have to learn that whatever you think of the referee you gain nothing by disputing their decisions, in this case the ref seemed to be looking for trouble, particularly during the half time interval, your President did not escape this refs wrath and whilst I was trying to assist him I was called a comedian and an old man. At least one of those accusations is true, after that we shut up and scored three goals.
This Saturday the 1st XI play at Old Stationers and the Res XI play NUFC Oilers at home who are our main rivals for the Championship any support will be most welcome.
The 3rd XI probably lost their chance of promotion losing 4-3 to Old Garchonians and all our other teams have completed their fixtures.
Time to start planning for next season as I have said many times before a good skipper makes the team so hopefully we have some good people prepared to put their hands up.