Congratulations to Jack Robery, Jake Lawrence (Baz), Charncey Dash & Chris Morgan, all of whom have been selected to represent the AFA in a Commemorative Match for Geoff Meakin at Old Minchendenians, KO 2pm on Easter Monday 17th April 2017.
Norsemen FC are proud to have 4 members selected by the AFA.
Congratulations to Jack Robery, Jake Lawrence (Baz), Charncey Dash & Chris Morgan, all of whom have been selected to represent the AFA in a Commemorative Match for Geoff Meakin at Old Minchendenians, KO 2pm on Easter Monday 17th April 2017.
Apologies for late posting was not around at weekend.
As you know the 1st XI confirmed their long anticipated Championship with a 2-0 win over Broomfield.
We still have 4 games to play 23 wins out of 24 would look good and is attainable.
Well done to Jack and his team, Steve our coach who has bought discipline fitness and winning tactics to our team.
As I have said before on this forum with our facilities we should have all our teams in the top divisions, we have made good progress this season but the hard work begins in August
In other matches our 6th XI lost to the Hill 4-2 in the SAL/AFC Spring Cup.
Our promotion seeking 7th XI dropped valuable points against AP 9s.
Congratulations to Jack Robery and his 1st team squad on becoming Champions of the SAL Senior Section Div 3.
A fantastic achievement in winning the League with 4 games still to play and every chance of creating a SAL Points Record if they were to win their last 4 games.
So far they have PLAYED 20, WON 19 & LOST 1 CREATING 57 POINTS TO DATE.
No game for the 1st XI this week but with our two closest rivals both winning, we still need one point to clinch promotion, hopefully at Broomfield this Saturday.
The SAL have combined forces with the AFC and has launched a Spring Cup to give games to sides who have completed their fixtures prematurely, we have several of our sides competing with the Res XI losing a close game to Old Parmiterians 3s 1-2. Scott Jenkins was seen to miss a Penalty with the last kick of the game.
The 4th XI securing a 6-4 victory over Old Manorians.
The 5th XI were held to a 2-2 draw by Old Lyonians 3s.
Back in the league the 6th XI had a good win away to Old Parkonians in their final league game.
The 7th XI kept up their promotion bid with a 4-0 win over Old Lyonians 5s.
Try and get along to Broomfield for next Saturday's League game where we hope to confirm our place as League Champions for 2016/16 season.
This coming Sunday 26th March, we are proud to be holding the AFA Sunday Youth Cup Finals.
There will be 6 Cup Finals played with games from U12 - U18 played on our Club Ground.
3 will kick off at 10am, with another 3 at 12.30pm.
Please try and get down for what promises to be an enjoyable morning.
At last a busy Saturday at the club which is good for the Sports Club bar takings.
We staged the AFA Vets Cup Final between two local sides Old Woodhouseians & Albanians 40 +Vets, this was a good standard of football and watched by a good crowd. Albanians won 1-0.
We are missing out here we were one of the first clubs to have a Vets team, but have not had one for a number of years.
There are many good players who have stopped playing recently who could make up a good team.
How about it Guys.
The 1st XI bumped from the first team pitch scored another win 5-3 against Broomfield which virtually clinches their league championship. We need one point to make this a mathematical certainty.
The Res XI lost heavily in the Spring Cup to Hale End Athletic.
The 5th XI clinched promotion with a 2-1 win against Broomfield Reserves. Well done lads, thoroughly deserved in what has been a good season for them.
The 6th XI and 7th XI both lost to Winchmore Hill and AP, there was a suspicion of team loading from higher sides existing in both matches, we intend to follow this through the appropriate channels.
The 1st XI made their second long journey to play Old Salesians and scored another 5-1 victory making them very hot favourites to clinch their league Championship in the next couple of weeks.
Another fine Spring Day at the club with only two of our five pitches used. On pitch 2 to help finances and provide playing time an inter club "friendly" was arranged between the 5th & 6th XIs.
This was as competitive a game as any cup tie with the 5s coming out winners 3-2 and showed that the club has a lot of young players who would do well at a higher level. The problem of persuading players to change their team during the season is common throughout the league and the first club to manage it will soon reap the benefits. We have to rely on the integrity of the skippers to persuade their players that they can have a good game whichever team they play for and all buy into the fact that strength from the top downwards will in the long term be to the advantage of the club as a whole.
The stamp pitch featured our 7th XI who have been on a good run recently playing Winchmore Hill 9s, a very good performance resulted in a 6-2 victory putting them at the top of their league, they have some extra fixtures to play, lets hope their legs last.
This week we are hosting the AFA Vets cup final as well as the 1st XI playing at home against Broomfield and several other games so if you have not been down recently. This Saturday would be a good start.
A case of find the game on Saturday the Res XI away to AP, a visit to The Racecourse proved fruitless, apparently the game was on at New River Sports Centre in White Hart Lane and resulted in a 1-0 win for us, a reward for the Reserves who although relegated have played well in the 2nd half of the season with plenty of good spirit I think they will do well next season.
The 1st XI travelled to Old Lyonians seeking revenge for their only defeat this season they achieved this with a 4-2 win. We are almost there but everybody is out to beat us so we must keep up our intensity until the end of the season.T
he 4th and 5th XIs had no games but the 6th XI did their promotion hopes no good losing 5-0 against table toppers EBOGs 5s.
Back at Hydeside the 7th XI, the young vets, were once again the only Home game against Old Owens, an epic battle ensued with us keeping up our promotion hopes with a 2-0 win. Apparently the two goals were laid on by the guy who got 5 goals the previous week and did not get a mention so to be consistent I wont mention him this week
Well played Danny!!!
A very good day at the club with goals galore, fortunately most of them in our opponents net.
The 1st XI had no game and the Reserves who were relegated last week took on Old Finchleians in a rare game these days, a friendly. They looked too good to go down which gives hope of a good season next year and had a convincing victory over a team who finished high in the league.
The all conquering 4th XI completed their league fixtures with a convincing 4-1 win against Old Parks finishing with 15 wins out of 16, this is a magnificent achievement and they need to move up to a stronger league next season to find out how good they really are.
The 5th XI kept up there promotion hopes with a good 5-2 win against Broomfield Reserves.
The 6th XI had no game but the 7th XI had a great win, 8-0 against table toppers Alexandra Park giving them a good chance of promotion.
WALK TALL YOU BLUE GIANTS!!!!
Norsemen 4th XI Champions SAL Minor North Div 1 2016/17 Season.
Back Row: Sam McLoughlin, Shane Killick, Ross Jones, Neil White, Nick Vassilli, Joe McLoughlin, Sam Killick, Ben Richardson.
Front Row: Dan Cutting, Umit Alp, Fred Shaidi, Cem Errol, Billy Locke, Bradley Brown.
Carrying on in the absence of our illustrious President who was still sunning himself at the weekend.
The 1st XI had a Home fixture against Old Salesians who managed to get a team to North London on this occasion and despite battling well fell away in the second half allowing Norsemen to run out 5-0 winners and maintain their charge for the Div 3 title.
It would appear that they need 5 more wins form their 8 remaining games to guarantee the title subject to other teams winning their fixtures.
Sadly we have to report that the Res XI will be relegated following their 1-3 defeat at Home to CEV Res XI. The team have battled well and have a good spirit, lets hope they stay together and come back stronger next season.
The 4th XI had another victory making it 14 out of 15 victories and only have 1 remaining fixture this week.
The 5th XI had no game this week.
The 6th XI were held to another 0-0 draw at Crouch End Vamps this week, that is 2 0-0 draws in a season which is almost unheard of at 6th team level.
The 7th XI lost 3-1 away to Old Lyonians which hampers their charge for promotion.
Our President will be back for next weekend and will resume his reporting next week.
A huge Congratulations to the 4th XI on winning the SAL Minor North Div 1 Championship with a resounding statistic of Played 14 Won 13 with 2 games to play.
Shane Killick has led this team this season and has produced some excellent performances.
The team has always been close in the past 3 seasons as Runners Up of this division, but finally they have held it together and were duly crowned Champions with their victory on Saturday.
With our President sunning himself in the Caribbean, I hereby bring you his report for last Saturday.
No games for the 1st & Res XIs due to having played many games, which allows for others to catch up. Sadly the planned friendly arranged for the Res XI was cancelled due to opposition unable to field a team.
However, the 4th XI with a 2-1 victory over Alexandra Park 5th XI assures them of the League Championship that they have so deserved, but failed to deliver despite be Runners Up for the past 3 seasons. Well Done to Shane Killick and his team who have been outstanding all season.
Walk Tall You Blue Giants!!!
The 5th XI returned to winning ways with a very good win over Old Lyonians 3rd XI 2-1.
An excellent 4-2 victory for the 6th XI against Old Stationers 3rd XI helps to keep them in the chase for their League Title, although it will be a tough ask.
The 7th XI returned to playing again following Postponements and a lack of arranged games with a fine 2-1 win at Crouch End Vampires.
Another Saturday with games hit by the weather, all our 5 pitches were fit for play, well done Brent and David, we hired one out, but our other opponents refused to switch grounds leaving them with unnecessary fixture problems later in the season. I think it is time the league bought in a rule that if only one teams pitches were fit then the fixture would be automatically switched.
The 1st XI returned to Hydeside for a game against our old friends Carshalton, the game was very competitive and very well refereed by Lee Addison. Our first goal came from a bad error by their otherwise excellent goalkeeper, they soon equalised and we won the game with ten minutes to go with an excellent team goal finished in grand style by the newly prolific Baz.
This team has really prospered this season under coach Steve and seem to have got rid of their rough edges and now proudly turned out each week in their Norsemen track suits are becoming what used to be known as good Norsemen.
The 4th XI won again 4-2 against EBOG they now only need one point to clinch their league title, a remarkable achievement at this early stage.
The 5th XI lost their top of the table game against AP 6th XI 3-7 and now appear to have blown their chances of winning the league.
Your correspondent is away for the next two Saturdays taking some sun, somebodies got to do it, I will leave you in the gentle care of Chunky to keep you to date with happenings.
A visit to far flung North Barnet on Saturday for the 1st XI to play Old Stationers, we won the match 5-2 but can take little pleasure in our victory as for most of the game we were faced by only 9 opposition players in fact at times OS had almost as many supporters on the line as on the field.
It is very sad that such a great club have reached such a position where they cannot field a full first team for a home fixture. They are not alone however and the league has some serious thinking to do to rectify this situation.
The Res XI met with another defeat 5-3 against Old Finchleians and face consecutive relegations.
The 4th XI continued their winning way with a 3-2 win over Old Finchleians 5's.
The 6th XI suffered a blow to their hopes of winning their league with a 5-7 loss to EBOG 5th.
The 7th XI eventually got to travel to Sutton where they lost their AFA Cup game 2-0 to Old Suttonians.
A welcome sighting at the game on Saturday was Eddie Rowarth recently returned from 9 months as a guest of the Emir of Abu Dhabi, Ed points out that he was cleared of all charges and is considering various business ventures around the world Nothing changes.
Not a lot to report this week, the 1st XI had no game due to an uneven number of sides in their division it being our turn to miss out this week as it turned out all the games in our division were postponed due to frozen pitches.
The Res XI lost 2-1 to fellow relegation strugglers Old Lyonians making it difficult to see us avoiding relegation.
The 4th XI on the big pitch beat EBOG 12-1, as I have said before there are some very good players in this team and could make a strong 3rd XI next season if only the SAL can sort out the regionalisation of 3rd XI and lower sections/divisions.
The 5th XI fixture at Broomfield was postponed.
The 6th XI were the team of the week scoring a late goal to beat the Hill 3-2, they are top of their league, but before we get carried away we were playing the Hill 8th team so plenty of work to be done before we get back to their level.
The 7th XI took their cup tie very seriously and hired a mini bus to travel to Old Suttonians, but to no avail as the game was called off, they diverted to the White Bear in Broxbourne where the bus remained until Sunday morning.
We would like to wish our former stalwart Forbes Chapman our Best Wishes as he enters hospital for an Operation this week. Good Luck Forbes, hope to see you back on your feet very soon.
Your correspondent took time out to watch the reawakening Spurs thrash WBA on Saturday, its such a longtime ago that last time they were in this position even I had not heard of The Norsemen, lets hope for a good finish to the season for both of my football loves.
Arrived at the club to watch most of the second half, we scored early in the half with another fine goal from Chris Morgan, he has integrated brilliantly as an outsider with this crowd of old school mates if we do go up we will need more newcomers to challenge and improve an already good team.
Kew were a good side and probably our nearest challengers and soon equalised, as usual our side showed its fighting qualities which resulted in a penalty given and converted by John Megicks with five minutes to go.
This leaves us in a great position in the league with 36 points from 13 games, lets try and finish the season with no more defeats and an unblemished disciplinary record.
The Res XI travelled across the A10 to play the table topping Hill, I have not had any details of the game but we lost 1-0 with a very late goal meaning we need to win most of our remaining games to avoid relegation. Our team is much stronger now and looks good for the future.
The 4th XI also travelled to the Hill and scored a narrow 2-1 victory over their 6th XI leaving us at the top of the table.
The 5th XI lost 5-2 to Old Stationers Res XI.
The 6th XI drew 2-2 with Old Finchleians 7th XI.
The 7th XI AFA Cup tie was postponed.
As you can see the leagues are all a bit of a mishmash at the lower levels and badly need sorting out.
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS.
Back from a long winter break of two Saturdays, we are well up with our fixtures due to small leagues early exit from AFA Cups and ban from the SAL cups, but if we get bad weather many teams will be playing well into May and playing evening games which compromise the integrity of the league.
The1st XI had on paper an easy fixture facing bottom club Old Blues, but we dropped vital points to them last year and it was a relief that we seemed to be back to our best and beat them easily by 3-0 and should have had several more to improve our goal difference, an outstanding third goal by Chris Morgan should be mentioned.
Next week we are home to Kew who are second in the league and knocked us out of the AFA Senior Cup at our ground earlier in the season, a vital game for us to win.
The Res XI had no game, but this Saturday are away to league leaders Winchmore Hill in another important game in our relegation struggle.
The 4th XI scored another good win 4-0 at the Vamps.
The 5th XI AFA Cup hopes were dashed in a 6-1 defeat at Old Parminterians.
The 6th XI had an unlikely 0-0 draw at Old Parks whereby the Referee who was well in his 60s claimed it was the first goaless draw he can remember refereeing.
The 7th XI beat the Vamps 5-2 thanks to some sturdy performances from this largely veterans team.
This sees all our sides with the exception of the Res XI challenging for League Titles.
Lets keep up our good form and make this a bumper season.
Another quiet day at the club with only one game played largely due to the reasons mentioned last week.
The Res XI after their good win last week faced unbeaten EBOG's in a game where we badly needed the three points to strengthen our bid to avoid relegation. EBOG fielded a very experienced side who dominated the early stages against our much younger team, our defence was too square which enabled them to have several one on ones with our goalie, which they either missed or he saved, they eventually took the lead but within ten minutes we equalised direct from a free kick.
A half time talk from Coach Steve reorganised the team somewhat and we began to match them in midfield and eventually took the lead with a good shot and held out by defending well to secure a good win.
This was an encouraging result for the Reserves who were well organised by Steve Morgan, they kept their heads despite verbal provocation and with little help from the referee who seemed to have left his cards and watch at home.
In our 2 remaining fixtures the 5th XI lost 1-0 to Old Finchleians.
The 7th XI had a good away win in the AFA Cup 3-2 against Old Bealonians.
There are no league matches now for the next two weeks but we have an inter club game at the club on Boxing day and the bar will be open, so if you want to get away, come along.
A Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year to my reader.
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A quiet week with only 3 games played, once again we were hit by teams crying off due to shortage of players.
The SAL has a serious problem with some clubs not able to meet their commitments on a regular basis and costing the club a lot of money and the ability to provide regular football for our members.
On a more positive note the 1st XI, after their first loss the previous week returned to winning form with a 4-1 victory away to Old Salesians, this club were high flyers only a couple of years ago just shows how important it is to keep your standards up as a fall is never far away.
The Res XI who have been playing well recently without getting the results they deserve had a great win 5-1 against Bank of England to whom they had lost by the same score earlier in the season. This win lifted us off the bottom of the table, but we still have a battle ahead as we have played more games than the other stragglers.
Our only other game was the 7th XI who had a tough fixture against Old Owens 5th and lost 5-2.
No game for the 1st XI this week, the lack of cup football is costing the club dear.
The Res XI faced Winchmore Hill who were relegated from the top division along with us last year, we lost 3-0 but coach Steve watched the game and reported that we played very good football just lacked a goal scorer and a regular goalkeeper, we need them both urgently if we are to avoid a second successive relegation.
The 4th XI continued their good form with a convincing win 7-1 against Old Parks.
The 5th XI game was postponed at the last moment with Old Stationers Res XI not being able to raise a team. Surely the SAL must realise there is a problem with the League structure..
The 6th XI remained top of their league with a 7-1 win against AP'8s.
The 7th XI lost 4-2 to AP'10s.
Not one of our better weeks the 1st XI met their first defeat of the season, losing a close encounter 3-2. As I had previously warned, the opposition Old Lyonians were up for this fixture and won a very close contest, a nice club according to our Chairman.
The Res XI put in a good performance against a strong Old Meadonians side in the AFA Cup drawing 0-0 after extra time and losing the dreaded penalty shoot out 5-3.
The 4th XI travelled to West Wickham in the AFA Cup and lost another close game 3-2.
The 5th XI returned to form with a 6-0 win against Broomfield 3rd XI.
The high flying 6th XI lost 4-2 to Ally Pally whilst in a close game only split by poor Refereeing.
The 7th XI returned to winning ways with a very good 4-0 win against Old Lyonians 5th XI.
We seem to have underperformed in cup games this year with only a couple of our lower sides being still involved and what with fewer league games has left our home ground with fewer fixtures to enjoy and stretching our finances, so if any non playing (Vice President) member has forgotten their donation this year then let this be a gentle nudge.
Attending to racing matters on Saturday at Ascot so relying on information from my club reporter.
The 1st XI continue their fantastic start to the season with a 3-0 victory over a competitive AFC Oldsmiths side. leading 1-0 at half time two goals from John Megicks wrapped up their 27th point of the season.
The Res XI after last weeks good win lost a close encounter against Ibis Eagles conceding two late goals in a 5-3 defeat.
Our very successful 4th XI beat Old Owens 4s in a goalfest winning 8-5.They are top of their league and have an interesting cup tie this week away to West Wickham who are top of the southern section of the same league.
Both the 5th & 7th XIs lost 4-3 in their respective fixtures against Old Lyonians 4s & Winchmore Hill 9s.
The 1st XI had their first match at home for some weeks where they took on Old Stationers who were attempting to take the first points off us this season.
Last year we missed promotion by underestimating some of our opponents and dropping points, it looked as though the same was happening this year when after some early pressure from us, OS suddenly scored two goals, one a cracker from outside the area.
After a half time talk from coach Steve we were a different team in the second half, sharp hardworking, determined and dominated the play. We scored two quick goals to equalise and continued to press and were rewarded with a great winner scored by Chris Morgan direct from a free kick.
So our maximum points total remains in place, its going to get harder each week with teams desperate to be the first to take points off us, but if we continue to play with good discipline and Norsemen spirit then we are going to be difficult to beat.
A word for OS they are struggling as a club with no school to draw players from and being stuck out in the country in Barnet but their team played well and still backed by some elder statesmen on the touch line.
A word also for the referee David Stevenson Snr, he refereed the game as a SAL game should be with a gentle word in the ear rather than a plethora of cards
The Res XI once again playing at Grocers needed a win and took the points off highflying AP 2-1 in a close fought game. Steve Morgan is putting together a good but very young team which promises well for the future.
The 4th XI and 7th XI games were called off, it was a shame because we had three unused pitches in perfect condition, but despite us offering to swap our opponents declined.
The 5th XI gained a Walkover in the AFA Cup due to Old Sedcopians failing to fulfil a team.
The 6th XI travelled to Old Stationers 3rd XI and won an entertaining game 9-4 to remain at the top of their league.
This is another newly built team with some young blood that we hope will rise through the ranks in good time to see us rebuild a 3rd XI for next season.
Another home game for the 1s & 2s this week, it would good to see some support from our elder statesmen.