Statement from Wealdstone FC, following the recent Press Release from Barnet FC concerning PEPF
The overall situation with PEPF remains largely unchanged as far as Wealdstone FC is concerned. Negotiations over the site and Wealdstone's involvement with it are taking place with the Barnet although not at any great speed. We note that funding still needs to be fully obtained and finalised and this has remained the position for some time and the statement released this week is similar to those previously issued.
The only difference as far as Wealdstone is concerned is that we now have an option in Grosvenor Vale that we didn't possess before. We remain very firmly of the view that taking up that option was right for the club to have some short term security at the very least but no options have been ruled out and playing at Prince Edward is still a live option.
We will relay further information, such as it is available, at the forthcoming Club AGM on June 11.
Ruislip Manor Sports & Social Club - Under New Management
Following the take over of Ruislip Manor Sports & Social Club (RMSSC) by a consortium of investors from Wealdstone FC in January 2008, attention has more recently been focused on making some changes to the running and management structure of the social club facility at Grosvenor Vale.
The success of RMSSC is absolutely vital to the health and future potential of Wealdstone FC and all of the other many users of the facility, including the local community. Investor and Director Paul Rumens said: ' The social club is currently losing money and we need to turn this situation around as quickly as possible so that we can start to maximise the undoubted potential that the site has. We have gone through a period of evaluation and assessment and changes are being made to update the facilties and bring in new ideas. This cannot all be done immediately for obvious financial reasons but we have made a very positive start and we would like to encourage the local Ruislip community to use the facilties as much as possible through hire of the various rooms and bars for a wide variety of events at very reasonable prices'
Ray Kemp has recently been appointed as the new Operations Manager at RMSSC and is being assisted in that role by Tony Short. Ray said: ' There is much to do but I am excited by the potential and I also want to encourage Wealdstone supporters to come down to the Manor during the close season and use the facilities that we have on site and to get a thriving hub going with the locals'. Ray Kemp can be called at RMSSC on 01895 637487 for room hire enquiries or email: [email protected]
Busy AGM for Wealdstone FC
Over 70 Wealdstone FC shareholders and members packed into the Ruislip Manor Sports & Social Club on Thursday evening (11 June) to listen to the Club's directors provide an update on an extremely busy and eventful year for the club, not least the decision to move its base to Grosvenor Vale in January.
Following the main agenda business, Wealdstone FC Chairman Howard Krais, spoke about the huge progress that had been made during the previous year and he thanked the tremendous amount of people that have come forward to assist in carrying out a huge range of tasks to bring the club to Ruislip. Much significant progress had also been made in regard to the Club's Youth and junior's organisation with several local junior football clubs in the process of joining forces and forming alliances to strengthen the set up for the future.
The key message for this season from the directors is a much stronger focus on investment and raising commercial income for both the football club and the development of Ruislip Manor Sports and Social Club and in this regard the newly appointed Commercial Manger, Dennis Byatt, had made an excellent start with a new club sponsorship deal with West One Electrical.
Although a huge amount had already been achieved to revitalise a previously dilapidated ground, volunteers were still very much needed in greater numbers for ground development and improvement works.
First Team Manager Gordon Bartlett then spoke about the challenges being faced for the forthcoming season. He said he was hopeful of keeping most of last season's squad together and although he was also looking to strengthen the team in certain position
STONES APPOINT DENNIS BYATT
TO COMMERCIAL POST
Wealdstone FC have this week announced the appointment of former player and team manager Dennis Byatt to the key role of Commercial Manager.
Hillingdon resident Byatt was a highly popular member of the hugely successful double winning Stones side of the 1980s and made a total of 369 appearances between 1981 and 1990 as a combative centre half. He later went on to manage the team during the most difficult period in the clubs recent history between 1992 and 1993.
Stones Chairman Howard Krais said: "We are delighted to welcome back Dennis to take on this crucial job at the club. It is imperative we succeed in bringing in far more commercial income and sponsorship and also to make a real impact with the local business community. Dennis understands this requirement and is eager to get stuck into this job. He will bring a great deal of sales and football knowledge to the role".
Krais continued "We are serious about making the commercial side of Wealdstone a success and we are very confident Dennis is the right person to take this role on and deliver. He has some excellent contacts but we realise that he will also need the support of all of our fans to follow up leads and ideas. As always at Wealdstone we all need to work together to ensure that we maximise every opportunity to sell the club at our new home."
Dennis Byatt said "It is great to be back at Wealdstone and I am very excited about the opportunity to help the Club back to where it was when I was playing - at the top of non-league football".
Byatt will be based at Stones new home at Grosvenor Vale and will be dividing his working week between football club activity and promoting Ruislip Manor Sports & Social Club.
First Wealdstone FC Juniors Tournament
Attracts 90 Teams
Over the Saturday and Sunday the inaugural Wealdstone Juniors Soccer Sixes tournament at Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip - the new home of Wealdstone FC. The tournament was well attended with 90 teams competing and around 1,500 people on site over the two day festival. The competitors were predominantly from the Ruislip & Harrow areas but included sides from across London and beyond. The event was also attended by both the Deputy Mayoress of Hillingdon and the Mayor of Harrow who were good enough to present the trophies.
The organisers were tested by different weather conditions on each day. Saturday's sunshine was replaced with monsoon like storms on Sunday morning but the pitches held up admirably.
The aim of the festival was two-fold. Primarily it was to forge relationships with the junior football community and showcase the facilities at Grosvenor Vale but also the event formed part of a fund-raising initiative to raise £60k towards improving the site for the benefit of local football and the community.
This was a new venture for the club and an organisational test that was passed with flying colours. It was the first time that Wealdstone FC and the expanded Wealdstone Juniors FC (which now encompasses Ruislip based teams too) had come together for such an event.
The club continues to forge links with the new community in which it is now based whilst building on its' roots as a Harrow club. To that end it is encouraging links with a number of local junior football clubs as well as offering much reduced admission prices for children to next season's Ryman's Premier matches.
The competition final results were:
U9s Ruislip Manor 1-0 Harrow St Marys A
U10s Gladstone Rangers 2-1 Ruislip Manor
U11 Penn 0-0 Wealdstone (Penn win on pens)
U12 Parkfield 0-0 Pinner Utd (Parkfield win on pens)
U13s Lyndhurst 1-0 AFC Wembley
U14s Pinner Utd 0-0 Wealdstone (Pinner Utd win on pens)
Pictures can be found here
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AWARDS EVENING SUCCESS
There was an excellent attendance of approximately 100 players, parents, supporters and officials at RMSSC on Sunday evening at the Wealdstone FC Awards Presentation Evening. Ryan Ashe achieved a clean sweep of the top first team awards.
Stanmore College Players Player of the Season: Nick Duffy
Stanmore College Player of the Season: Jack Sikora
Wealdstone FC 'Stones' Players Player: Amarildo Fejzolli
Wealdstone FC 'Stones' Player of the Season: Barry Dowling
Wealdstone FC 'Royals' Players Player: Juan Cifuentes
Wealdstone FC & Stanmore College
Football Scholarship Scholar of the Year: Amarildo Fejzolli
Wealdstone FC Reserves Players Player: Derek Quaye
Wealdstone FC Reserve Team Player of the Season: Niel Ameh
Lee Chappell: 100 appearances for Wealdstone FC
Graeme Montgomery: 100 appearances for Wealdstone FC
Wealdstone FC Supporters Club
Supporter of the Season: Mickey Kane
Chairman's Award (WFC & WFCSC): Don Cross
Bill Keen Memorial Shield for Most Improved Player
(selected from all sides): Garry Jones (Football Scholarship)
Wealdstone FC First Team Players Player of the Season: Ryan Ashe
Junior Stones Wealdstone FC Player of the Season: Ryan Ashe
The Jock Law Trophy
(Supporters Club Player of the Season voted by Fans): Ryan Ashe
In addition to the Awards, it was announced by David Albert, Chairman of WFC Supporters Club, that WFCSC will be donating the fantastic amount of £10,000 to the main club as proceeds from the recent very successful WFCSC 50th Anniversary Dinner and Walk to Hendon
New Away Kit for 2008/09
The Club are giving the fans the chance to choose the new Away shirt for next season (2008/09), you have to hurry though as voting will close at 23:59 on 23rd May. Follow this link to see the options and cast your vote. [Voting now closed - result will be announced on Bank Holiday Monday]
Stones confirmed in Ryman League for 2008/9
The FA's Leagues committee met on 14 May to confirm the Leagues allocation for season 2008/9. Wealdstone will remain in the Ryman Football League and will be joined next season by promoted clubs Tooting, Dover, Dartford and Canvey. Borehamwood have been reprieved from relegation due to the trickle down effect of Halifax Town's problems; Sutton United will drop down from the Conference South . All in all a very strong and competitive looking Ryman Premier League for the coming season with well supported Clubs
WFC Supporters Club
50th Anniversary Celebration
is a huge success
Wealdstone FC Supporters Club (WFCSC) celebrated their 50th anniversary milestone last Sunday evening with former Stone's player and current England under 21 Manager Stuart Pearce the main guest speaker.
The glittering event, which took place at the Watford Hilton Hotel was a huge success and attracted over 250 guests and supporters, including former players from the 60's, 70s and 80s. Guests were also entertained royally by Radio 5 live presenter Rob Nothman who also acted as MC and auctioneer during the evening.
Chairman of WFCSC, David Albert, who also organised the event was delighted at how the evening went: 'We wanted something really special to celebrate our 50th anniversary as a club and we certainly got it; we had a magnificent response from a huge range of people connected with the club and beyond - we even had two supporters fly in from Italy to be there. Stuart was fantastically accommodating and showed once again that he will never forget his roots and we thank him for taking precious time out to be with us'
At the end of the evening, Pearce was presented with a special framed montage of his first and last matches during his four and a half year playing career with Wealdstone and a framed photograph of him in action during his first team debut at Dorchester Town FC on 3 March 1979.
The Supporters Club is very confident that record proceeds would have been raised from the evening that included an auction of Wealdstone and footballing memorabilia and the sale of a special souvenir programme together with a 50th anniversary badge. Monies raised will go toward the parent club's current fundraising drive as they move to their new ground at Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip Manor.
Sponsored Walk 26th Apr 2008
Congratulations to the 35 Supporters who took part in the sponsored walk on the 26th April from Lower Mead via the old grounds in the London Borough of Harrow before setting off to Hendon FC. On a glorious day weather and results wise the win at Hendon saw the Stones finish 13th in League with East Thurrock, Folkestone and Boreham Wood falling through the relegation trap door to join Leyton. [Pics of the intrepid walkers and support team]
Wealdstone FC's President Paul Rumens has hailed the Sporting Dinner event that took place at the Park Inn at Northampton last Friday evening, 11 April, as a huge success and possibly the biggest single fundraising event in the club's history [Pictures]
Special guest speaker at the Dinner was former Wealdstone player, England International and current England under 21 Manager, Stuart Pearce, together with Jon Sleightholme, former England Rugby International.
A record number of guests attended the event, totalling 358, which was organised in aid of Friends of Wealdstone and the Northamptonshire Society for Autism. Proceeds from the evening's entertainment, that also featured a highly successful auction of memorabilia are expected to reach a magnificent total of in excess of £25,000.
The fundraising event was organised by life long Wealdstone supporter Paul Rumens and his partner Lori who live in Northampton. Rumens was delighted at the success of the event: ' Events like this always involve a huge amount of planning and hard work but when you see it all come together with such a great turnout it makes it all worthwhile. Stuart Pearce was fantastic and he has never forgotten his roots - we are most grateful for his great support and enthusiasm. We have received lots of very complimentary messages following the event and I hope to organise a similar evening next year'
Stuart Pearce has also agreed to attend the Wealdstone FC Supporters Club 50TH Anniversary Celebration Dinner that will take place at the Watford Hilton on Sunday 4 May at 7.00pm. Tickets priced at £40 are still available for this event from David Albert, contact: [email protected] or 07941 122442.
Wealdstone FC Manager Gordon Bartlett has moved swiftly this week to sign defender Rob Paris from Blue Square South side Hampton & Richmond Borough on dual registration. The towering 29 year old Anguillan international has been signed to provide much needed cover as Stones face a back line injury crisis, with Carl Martin, Andy Howell and Karl Yelland all on the sick list, and James Gray starting a three match ban. Marcus Gross is unavailable and will not be returning to the club following a decision to try his luck again in the USA.
Stones sign midfielder Dean Cracknell from Blue Square Conference South St. Albans City and he is immediately involved in first team action at Margate tomorrow.
An excellent day for the Harrow Stones Stars who were made most welcome at the game on Saturday at Northwood Park. The pre-match team picture says it all. Well done to everyone and to the event Sponsors AFMA.
AFMA, Andrew Fuller Marathon Appeal, registered charity number 1078234, is proud to sponsor the Wealdstone Football Club Mencap Awareness Day.
Andrew Fuller died on 5th December 1998 aged 27, following a five week illness which commenced when he collapsed whilst playing football. In an attempt to save his life he underwent major heart and lung surgery and had both legs amputated. Initially he recovered well from the surgery but died five weeks later. Andrew was a physical education teacher at Elthorne Park High School in Ealing, he loved his sport and worked particularly well with pupils with special educational needs.
During the period between the surgery and his death it was decided to launch the marathon appeal to support his coming to terms with his disability. Following his death it was decided to continue with the appeal and to use any funds raised to support young people with disabilities or those suffering from cancer. The charity has been well supported and the money has been used to support individuals and the disabled work undertaken by Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust.
To raise funds for the Charity we have organised a Charity Golf Day at Haste Hill Golf Course on Friday June 27th 2008 an eighteen hole individual competition is held during the morning which is followed by a buffet lunch and a nine hole team competition in the afternoon. You would be very welcome to participate in the day. Details from Brian Fuller 01923 842 369 or email at [email protected] or from Dominic Whyley
Player News, In additon to the two lads from Watford Stones manager Gordon Barltlett has secured on loan 18 year old left back Andrew Howell and 19 year old defender Aaron Goode from Championship side QPR. The Club also welcome back Jomo Faal-Thomas from St Albans City.
As previously publicised, a small group of people with Wealdstone connections took a majority holding in Ruislip Manor Sports and Social Club Limited in January of this year. This site has huge potential to provide a home for not only Wealdstone Football Club, but also Ruislip Manor FC and the host of other users currently in situ at the facility. It is also clear that there is an enormous range of tasks and initiatives that need to be undertaken to turn round a business which is in severe financial difficulty.
Finally the loyal following of this club have the chance to get involved in something positive and turn this into a thriving bar and social club.
A meeting has been called for Sunday 9 March at 2pm in the Lounge Bar of the Sports and Social Club for anyone interested in becoming involved in forming a Management Committee to support the running of Ruislip Manor Sports and Social club on a voluntary basis. Several people have already come forward to offer ideas and spare time to assist with this initiative but more people are needed. Depending on the level of interest expressed, this committee could include representatives from a wide range of users, not just Wealdstone FC. There are a number of areas that we are looking to address immediately including assisting with bar duties, marketing and raising the local profile of the site, financial support etc.
Among other things, the Committee is expected to be responsible for membership, marketing, promotions and ideas on additional site usage. It is envisaged that this committee will meet once a month formally and will work with the Directors of RMSSC Limited to try and return the site to profitability.
Anyone who feels that they have a few hours a week to spare or has any skills or experience should come along to this meeting or contact an official of Wealdstone FC or RMSSC.
Ruislip Manor Sports and Social Club and Wealdstone FC
As you may be aware from recent club communications and press articles, a consortium of current and ex Directors of Wealdstone have acquired the majority ownership of Ruislip Manor Sports and Social Club Limited. This is a limited company that has a lease over the 12 acre Grovesnor Vale site including the main stadium.
The main purpose of this investment is to offer Wealdstone FC a ground share agreement for as many of our teams as possible and create a potential alternative to the delayed Prince Edward Playing Fields project. Subject to the agreement of terms, it is hoped that a number of Wealdstone teams will play at the site next season from the Juniors to the first team.
A secondary benefit of this acquisition is that it will allow Wealdstone FC to benefit from any profit / cash generation from the bar and overall site. Unfortunately, this site has suffered a severe financial downturn over the past 5-years for a number of reasons and a significant amount of time is being spent to turn this around and return the entity to a solvent position.
This is a really exciting site with 2 bars, a function room and a number of areas aside from the main stadium that can be used by the club.
In order for this site to remain open and provide Wealdstone with a potential home and source of income help is needed from a wide range of people. A massive amount of time and effort has been dedicated to the pitch and stadium works to ensure that the required ground grading is achieved but the bar continues to lose money and suffers from a lack of people involved in the running of the club. A number of people are already helping out in various areas and the club are grateful for everyone who has assisted to date.
There is a significant amount of work being undertaken in relation to the existing debts of the business, the brewery loan, the lease and the future structure and profitability of the site but we need willing volunteers to get involved in the operational side of the club.
To achieve this, Ruislip Manor Sports and Social club is looking to form a management committee made up from representatives across site users. The Committee will be responsible for membership, marketing, promotions and ideas on additional site usage. It is envisaged that this committee will meet once a month formally and will work with the Directors of RMSSC Limited to try and return the site to profitability.
Specifically there are a number of areas that we are looking to address immediately including assisting with bar duties, instigating and running the club membership scheme, marketing and raising the local profile of the site etc.
Anyone interested in becoming involved in running the site or who feels they have any possible expertise that they can offer should contact a representative of either Wealdstone FC or RMSSC Ltd.
Stones have signed two Watford FC players on loan to bolster the side and will be available for the crucial Ryman Premier League match at Hastings United on 9 February
Wealdstone Manager, Gordon Bartlett, was delighted to able to sign Liam Henderson a striker (18) and Dale Bennett a Centre Half (18). Both of these very capable players have featured regularly in the Hornets reserve team this season. Henderson was an unused substitute in the Hornet's Carling Cup match earlier this season at Southend United.
Stones fans will be hoping that Liam and Dale can emulate the success of previous Watford loanees, John Joe O'Toole, Theo Robinson and Alex Campana. Gordon Bartlett said: ' I am very pleased to have signed these two players on loan, they will add quality to the squad and give us a boost and will also give them valuable experience'.
Lee O'Leary, a regular player in the side this season, scoring nine goals, has reluctantly been placed on the transfer list at his own request and the club is very disappointed that he has made this decision. Lee is a contract player and a fee will be required.
Team Draw results for Jan 2008 are here. Well done to our first winners of 2008! We aim to have a push for new members as soon as time permits - in the meantime please do consider either joining as a new member of teamdraw or increasing your membership from £4.33 per month to £8.66 - it all goes to the team playing budget after prizes. Standing Order forms are here. For more info call 01727 872675 and leave a message
Chairman Howard Krais was interviewed today (Wednesday)by Tony Incenzo for the Ryman League Club call line about Ruislip. You can hear what was said by dialing the Ryman Newsline on 09066 555 777 (calls cost 60p per minute) from tomorrow.
Following the public meeting on Sunday 13th January at Ruislip Manor Sports & Social Club, Wealdstone FC is reminding all their supporters of the very urgent need for a range of vitally important tasks to be undertaken at the Ruislip Manor ground, either individually or via working parties. This is to meet the ground grading requirements of the Ryman League and the March 31 deadline for completion of all works.
Starting Sunday 20 January, 2008, from 10.30am and over the next four Sunday's volunteers are urgently needed to start work on a variety of tasks within the ground at Grosvenor Vale. Any supporter that has skills in the following areas is urged to contact Peter Worby first on 07967 698370.
Ground maintenance/grass cutting
Painting and Decorating
General tidying work
Work can be carried out at other times during the week with the agreement of the club and all help is very much welcomed. Own equipment will need to be brought along.
The club announced on Sunday that they have set a target of £60,000 to be raised by July 2008 and are seeking supporters to come forward with fundraising initiatives.
The club would be delighted to receive donations through the Paypal account on the main club website.
Further announcements will be made on initiatives and general progress. All enquiries to Peter Worby, or Howard Krais on 07789 376503, or email [email protected]
Wealdstone FC announce that a consortium of senior members of the Club have acquired a majority shareholding in Ruislip Manor Sports and Social Club (RMSSC), the sports club that owns the lease to the football stadium and associated facilities across the 12 acre site. Shareholders, players and supporters were invited to a special meeting on Sunday 13 January at the Grosvenor Vale site when they heard about the development from Wealdstone FC Chairman, Howard Krais and Vice Chairman Peter Worby.
With the groundshare agreement at Northwood coming to close and no finish date in site for the Club's long term Prince Edward Playing Field development, Wealdstone intend investing in the Grosvenor Vale stadium to upgrade the playing facilities as a priority in order to meet the necessary ground grading requirements to play Ryman Premier League football in the 2008/9 season.
Looking further ahead Wealdstone's vision is that Grosvenor Vale will provide an opportunity to successfully reach out to the wider community and embrace other local sports clubs and organizations to maximize the use and potential that exists at the site. It will also be an ideal permanent base for the club's highly successful youth and reserve teams. Both sides have previously used the facilities on a rental basis during recent seasons, with Wealdstone reserves playing there this current season.
Said Krais, "It is well known, and I have clearly stated several times in the past, that with the Club running out of funds and time we had to find solutions that could help secure the future of the club.
"Ruislip Manor Sports & Social Club have been in some difficulties for some time and on the verge of going out of business altogether. When we were invited to talk to the people at Ruislip we decided to act quickly to take this opportunity as we believe there is great potential in the site.
Whilst negotiations continue with Football First over the Prince Edward Playing Field development we still have a responsibility to continue to look at all viable options and to build on the progress of all sections of Wealdstone FC to bring them under one roof
Vice Chairman Peter Worby is one of the consortium of investors that includes fellow Wealdstone Directors Paul Rumens and Quentin Fox and former Director Dominic Whyley. Peter commented "We are very excited by the potential at Ruislip Manor but this will involve a great deal of hard work, practical support and fund raising from all connected with the Stones, and a great deal of physical work will need to be completed in a short time frame. I am confident that this can be done and part of Sunday's meeting was about calling on people to contribute in whatever way they can, including financially."
Howard Krais concluded, "This is the start of a new era for Wealdstone Football Club. After 17 years of groundsharing we will finally have a home of our own. Whilst the hard work starts now we are very excited about the potential of building the club that we all want Wealdstone to be. [Pics]
Wealdstone FC have signed 18 year old right back Robert Rice on a months loan from Wycombe Wanderers where he has been a regular in their reserve side. The highly rated Rice, who can also play in midfield, will be hoping to emulate Wycombe centre back Alan Massey who completed a very successful loan spell with the Stones last year.
Wealdstone FC have a called an open meeting for all interested parties including shareholders, players, juniors and supporters. The meeting will be held at Ruislip Manor FC, Grosvenor Vale, on Sunday 13th January, 2008 at 11.30am in the social club.
Wealdstone FC Chairman, Howard Krais, has said in a letter sent out to shareholders this week that is important that everyone associated with the club attends to hear about an exciting development that will have a big bearing on the future of the club.
Krais said "I hope as many Wealdstone people as possible attend the meeting. We want to set out our vision for the future of club, answer people's questions and see how they can become involved in helping us achieve the future we are striving for.
The club is urgently seeking a person to deal with Kit Wash duties as a vitally important aspect of our teams requirements. If the club cannot find a person to undertake these duties then this will inevitably impact on the playing budget. A payment will be made for services rendered and we look forward to hearing from a willing supporter(s). All enquiries to Paul Fruin please
19 year old Watford FC winger Alex Campana has had his loan spell extended for a further month with the Stones. Campana linked up with Wealdstone on 30 November, 2007 and has since found the net twice, most recently scoring in the Boxing Day clash with local rivals Harrow Borough when the Stones won 5-1.
The Club are also pleased to annouce that they have signed Billy Hawes, a defender, from Leyton FC just prior to the xmas break. Billy made his debut as a substitute in the Boxing day derby at Harrow Borough
Changes to Match day admission. With effect from 29th Dec match against Ashford Town (Middx) admission prices will increase to £9 for adults and £5 for concessions. This will bring us in line with 80% of the other clubs in our Division.
We are however offering a part season ticket at the old prices (pro-rata) based upon our season ticket prices at the start of the season. If you buy a ST to include the Folkestone game on Saturday then the cost will be £93 (adult), £46.50 (concession) and £10 for under 14s.
If you elect to buy a ST that starts with the Ashford Town game on 29/12 then its £86 (adult), £43 (concession) and £10 under 14s,
Or if you buy a ST that starts with the Horsham game on 5th Jan 08 then its £79 (adult), £39.50 (concession) and £10 under 14s.
Cheques/Cash can be handed to Pete Worby or Drew Worby (on the turnstile) along with a note of your name, address and phone number.
Striker DEAN PAPALI has requested a transfer from the club and, following discussions with Manager Gordon Barlett, the club has reluctantly agreed to make Dean available for either transfer or loan to another club. Dean is on contract and a fee will be required for any transfer Gordon said of this move: ' Following Dean's injury problems earlier this season there have been limited opportunities to re-establish a first team place and very understandably Dean wants regular football. Dean has a very good goal scoring record and a brilliant attitude and we have agreed, reluctantly, to make him available for transfer or loan'
Wealdstone get back to important Ryman League Premier Division action this Saturday when they take on a rejuvinated Folkestone side who are 'seeking revenge' for the 1-4 reverse inflicted on them by a rampant Stones on the opening day of the current campaign.
Invicta's experienced Manager, Neil Cugley, has commented to the Folkestone press that he wants to pay back that result and 'show them we have improved and that we're stronger now'. Cugley will be able to back up his bullish remarks with an impressive 4-1 hammering of a strong Horsham side recently and the news that he will have an injury free squad to choose from and he seems confident that his team can take the points in what should be a tough encounter. With the Ryman Premier Division the tightest it has been for many seasons , a win could send the Stones up several places or a defeat could drop the team back in the danger zone and clearly nothing can be taken for granted and a tough match is in prospect.
Folkestone have had Wealdstone watched at the recent Weymouth FA Trophy match and the Seasiders appear to have targeted Saturdays clash as an opportunity to move themselves up the table and impress their newly installed Chairman.
Wealdstone will be very keen to return to winning ways following high profile cup matches and to pick up where they left off against Borehamwood in their last Ryman League fixture, a game that they won very convincingly on December 1st. Stones should have a near to full squad available for Saturday, although they will still be missing influential midfielder Lee O'Leary who remains suspended. Manager Gordon Bartlett may have one or two more options in defence if the exciting youngster Ben Clarke is recovered from Injury. New signing Karl Yelland, a former QPR Youth defender and under 19 Wales International, could also come into the reckoning soon.
Speaking exclusively the Wealdstone FC Information Line (09062 892011 - calls 60p/min) following the Weymouth match, Stones Manager Gordon Bartlett was hugely disappointed at losing out in the 4th minute of injury time but was proud of the teams outstanding performance, but said: ' it is vital that we now focus on the league as we have games in hand over our rivals'
Chairman Howard Krais is one of the guests on the BBC Radio London Non League Show (94.9FM or Sky Channel 0152)) which is broadcast on Monday evenings at 21:00. Don't forget to tune in and hear Howard talk about the first 6 months in the 'chair', the highs and lows of being a Stones fan as well as previewing our forthcoming 1st Round FA Trophy tie against Blue Square Conference Premier side Weymouth on Friday 14th Dec K.O. 19:45.
The Club welcome 19 year old Alex Campana who has signed on loan for a month from Championship side Watford. Alex played in the match on Saturday at Boreham Wood and acquitted himself well linking play on the right hand side of midfield. Alex will no doubt have plenty of opportunities as this is a busy month with another 7 games to be played before the start of the new year. Manager Gordon Bartlett will be looking to use every member of the squad and will no doubt give a run out to one or two of the younger lads who are impressing in the reserves
Some 20 fans attended the Q&A session with Chairman Howard Krais after the Hendon game. Howard provided a frank view of life at the helm, as well as outlining future plans and aspirations. There are a number of potential opportunities in the pipeline for the Club to develop and sustain their future, once these develop more Howard has promised to share progress with all.
The Club still require help and assistance with a number of behind the scenes activities which help the club tick over. If you want to help and have the time and enthusiasm please contact Howard, Pete or 'Fingers' who will happily explain what is involved.
Jomo Faal-Thomas has has left Wealdstone and signed for Conference South side St Albans City.
St Albans were one of many clubs who have watched Jomo in recent weeks. They recently put in a 7 day notice of approach for the player although the Club spent some time talking with the player and his agent over the last few days we believed that Jomo would stay with us and not go to St Albans but now he has decided that he wants to go - a decision we have to accept.
Jomo is only 19 and has a bright future in the game. He has made a positive impression on all of us this season, we thank him for his contribution and we wish him every success in the future.
The Club heard earlier this week about the untimely death of Nigel Johnson, a forward who played for the Club at the end of the 1970s and early 80s. He is sitting first left in this 1979 team picture which comes from the website archives and just look at some of his contemporaries, including the likes of Cordice, Bowgett, Barwick, Watson and of course Stuart Pearce. All who watched Nigel play for Stones will have their memories and our thoughts go to his family and friends.
Wealdstone FC Supporters Club are pleased to announce that their Annual General Meeting will take place on the evening of Thursday, 8th November at 8.00 pm in the back bar at Conways Pub, Honeypot Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex. After the main business has been completed we hope to have members of the Board present to answer questions from supporters and then our manager, Gordon Bartlett will host his very popular question and answer session. Please keep this date in your diary and we hope that we have a good turnout from supporters.
Wealdstone will find themselves on Saturday just one incredible and tantalising step away from a possible highly lucrative FA Cup tie with a side such as Nottingham Forest or Leeds United, quite apart from FA prize money of £10,000 on offer to the victors.
A gutsy and deserved win in the last round, when they overcame Blue Square South side Bishops Stortford, has given the Stones the chance of such a dream draw, but no one in the camp is underestimating the huge task that awaits them at the Beveree, home of Blue Square South side Hampton & Richmond Borough FC. Hampton, managed by former West Ham star Alan Devonshire, were promoted as champions of the Ryman Premier last season and have made a very solid start at the higher level and hammered St Albans City 4-1 last Saturday.
Hampton have a formidable home record and Stones Manager Gordon Bartlett is fully aware that his side are very much the underdogs all over again. Said Bartlett: Currently sitting 6th from top of a higher division, six games unbeaten, with a strike force of Hodges, Yaku and Godfrey and away from home, its an understatement to say this was not the ideal draw. But, let's face it, at this stage of the competition there are no easy draws but we should treat this as a great opportunity for our young players to cause another upset.'
However Bartlett was quick to add: 'Our starting line-up on Saturday against Leighton contained only one player above the age of 23 and despite their lack of experience, we will go to Hampton confident we can give a good account of ourselves. Our supporters could play a massive part on Saturday, especially if they can get to this game in large numbers and really get behind us it will give the lads a huge boost. Most of our early season injuries are now behind us, results have improved, there is an excellent spirit in the camp and with a bit of luck to go with it, who knows what might happen.'
Hampton will have ex Stone Lawrence Yaku spearheading their attack and Wealdstone will have to keep him in check if he is not to continue being their Nemesis. Yaku, introduced to senior football by Bartlett, is a prolific goal scorer and was the 'one that got away' and seems to exact retribution whenever he meets the Stones. Bartlett added: 'Alan (Devonshire) came over to watch us last Monday when we beat Hornchurch and I know he will not underestimate us. Its a great shame we drew on Saturday as I intended to give the lads a well deserved midweek rest and I was off to cast my own eye of our opponents'
Wealdstone received a big boost last week with the news that loan extensions have been signed for QPR keeper Sean Thomas and defender Alan Massey from Wycombe Wanderers - both players have blended very well into Bartlett's young squad.
Stones have agreed to face Leighton Town in the FA Trophy replay on Tuesday 23 October, rather than the original date of Wednesday, to give both sides another day's recuperation for Saturdays big games in the Cup.
Important Announcement from the Chairman
The Club has been reported to the Football Association following an incident that is alleged to have occurred between some supporters and the match officials in the car park outside the Northwood Club House some time after the end of the Wealdstone v Ramsgate League match, on Saturday 22 September 2007. We have responded to the FA but it is possible that the Club will be severely censured and possibly fined.
The Board of Directors are fully aware that this match included a number of controversial incidents. Understandably emotions ran very high, with strong feelings over the performance of the officials in particular given the two penalty incidents.
However, regardless of personal opinions on matters like this, and whatever we feel is acceptable or not there will only ever be one loser in a situation where officials are confronted, whether this is simply verbally or otherwise, and that is Wealdstone Football Club. Ultimately it will always be the club that pays a heavy price for such actions.
Together with my fellow Directors, I therefore ask all supporters to consider very seriously the consequences of any actions that might be considered inappropriate behaviour toward match officials - before, during or after the final whistle has been blown. These actions take time and possibly money away from the positive things we are trying to do to move the club forward on and off the pitch so please try to think twice!
Wealdstone FC midfielder/defender, Graham Hall, has been transferred to one of his former clubs, Berkhamsted Town FC.
Stones Manager, Gordon Bartlett, said of the move: ' Graham was looking to concentrate on building a coaching and community links role with a club closer to where he lives. He has had a good offer from Berkhamsted in this regard, and combined with the opportunity to play more regular first team football persuaded him that this was the right move at his age and stage of career. We are sorry to lose a player with such an excellent attitude and intelligent approach to the game and we thank Graham for his great service to Wealdstone over the past couple of seasons'.
Hall joined Wealdstone in December 2005 from Chesham United but his first team appearances were reduced by a long term injury at the start of the 06/07 season. He then became a regular player in the last three months of that campaign; more recently opportunities in the starting line-up have been limited.
Steve Brown has also left the Club and signed for Chertsey Town
Wealdstone FC coach, John Turner, has left the club to again link up with Dave Anderson who has this week taken up the vacant Managers post at Blue Square South side, St Albans City. Turner and Anderson have previously worked together at Hendon and AFC Wimbledon.
Turner said: ' This was a very, very hard decision for me to make and I had to think long and hard because I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Wealdstone. The opportunity came along and the timing of this move is difficult but I decided in the end to take it. I also took the travelling into account as I live and work very close to St Albans. I commend everyone for their hard work and tremendous commitment at Wealdstone - it was a real eye opener for me'
Stones Boss Gordon Bartlett realised he couldn't stand in Turner's way to take up the opportunity to work at a higher level of football. ' It's a great opportunity for John and we wish him all the best. These things happen in football and I fully respect his decision to move on' he said.
Bartlett enters Hospital for an op this week and Assistant Manager, Leo Morris and coach Mark Gill will take charge of the team for the weekend Ryman League match at Horsham.
STONES TO FACE BISHOPS STORTFORD IN FA CUP
Wealdstone FC have been handed a tough home draw in today's (Monday) 3rd Qualifying Round draw and will face Blue Square South side Bishops Stortford. Stortford currently lie 5th in the BSS table - a level above Stones - and will be a formidable but exciting next hurdle for Stones to clear.
Stones overcame Carshalton Athletic on Saturday with a hard fought 1-0 victory and will be looking to make progress as the final qualifying stage becomes tantilisingly within reach.
Wealdstone manager, Gordon Bartlett said: ' This is a very tough reward for us, but at least we are at home and at this stage of the Cup you have to be grateful for that. Let's get Northwood Park full of our fans and make the most of home advantage - the Cup is all about the underdog, but Stortford are a very good side and we will give it our very best shot.'
The tie will be played on Saturday 13th October 2007, with a 13:00 Kick-off
Wealdstone FC Chairman, Howard Krais, and Barnet FC Chairman, Tony Kleanthous have commenced what will be a regular series of meetings to begin the process of agreeing the way forward with Prince Edward Playing Field development. Although certain agreements have now been reached with Harrow Council, Barnet Holdings remain in negotiations to finalise all aspects of the development and the time is now right to commence more detailed discussions with Wealdstone FC.
More updates will be released as soon as they become available
The Stock-take of merchandise is well underway and hopefully will be complete over the next week or so. We do have a plenty of the larger size items, in particular the replica kit which is sized at XL (44/46 chest), Navy Sweatshirts and Rain Jackets are available in Large (40/42 chest) and XL sizes, if there is something you really want let me know ASAP @ [email protected]
In the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup drawn earlier today, Wealdstone have been drawn away to Carshalton Athletic.
Carshalton play in the Ryman Premier and are therefore Stones league rivals. Their current playing record in the league is Won 1, Drawn 3, Lost 3. Wealdstone have yet to play them in the league this season.
Stones Manager, Gordon Bartlett said: ' We would obviously have preferred a home draw against one of the so-called smaller sides, but at least Carshalton are a known quantity and it's all about having a positive mental approach to these games. We will be up for it make no mistake, and we will prepare thoroughly'
The match will be played on Saturday 29 September. KO 3pm
The Club will again be selling merchandise etc at the game this Saturday 15th Sep prior to completing a full stocktake ahead of the new on-line shopping service that will be launched at the end of the month. There will be replica shirts (blue & white, yellow & blue as well as the Friends of Wealdstone Silver kit) from £20, Sweatshirts (Dark Grey, Navy & Black) at £15, Polo Shirts (Assorted colour's) at £9, Tee shirts (Assorted colour's) at £8, Rain Jackets (Navy Blue) at £20, Padded Jackets (Navy Blue) at £25, Ski hats at £9, Base Ball caps (Navy blue & Beige) at £5 & WFC Pennants at £5. Fingers also has a stock of fleeces - colour and prices available Saturday. Various sizes available across all items, please note that there are just a few 'small' sizes left and unfortunately nothing suitable for children.
If require further info or if there is something you particularly want please contact Alan Hill ([email protected]) before 09:30 Saturday. Payment please by cash or cheque on the day.
Once the on-line service is operating (this will include a number of other items as well such as Team photo's, Mouse Mats, Fridge Magnets etc) payment can be made by PayPal, Cash or cheque with free delivery at home or away games, or at cost for Royal Mail. The items will be in the Club House and not in the ground before and after the game.
Speaking exclusively on the Wealdstone FC Information Line (09062 892011/costs 60p/minute) following Saturday's league defeat against title favourites Chelmsford City, Manager Gordon Bartlett said that he was 'bitterly disappointed' with the result.However, the Stones Boss was quick to praise the players for their overall performance: ' I can't criticise the players and those that went to the match will know that the scoreline did not reflect our performance - but the way that we conceded the second goal was inexplicable' he said.
Stones injury problems continued on Saturday when Carl Martin limped off again and could be out for 3 weeks. Dean Papali, James Gray and Stephen Hughes are still on the longer term injury list, although Jomo Faal-Thomas came on as a sub on Saturday.
The Stones Manager was however in very determined mood following this reverse, he said ' We will dust ourselves down, put this result behind us and fight on'
There are still a number of player kit donations available for the 2007-08 season. With the Donation at £70 you will receive your name on the Official club website, the Match day programme and will receive two match tickets for the Ryman League game of your choosing. [View]
The Team Draw winners For August have been announced and are now viewable on the club website. If you would like to enter Team Draw please complete the following Mandate. For more details please call Nick Dugard on 01727 875245.[View]
The Match Ball donations for the 2007-08 season are now updated. Please contact the club via E-mail for chances to donate a match ball. [View]
Leo speaks on Clubcall Line following Hastings match (09062 892011)
Speaking exclusively on the Wealdstone FC Information Line today (Sunday 2 September), Assistant Manager Leo Morris talks about the controversial Ryman League Premier Division clash with Hastings United that took place at Earlsmead on 1 September. Leo Morris and Coach Jon Turner took charge of the team on Saturday whilst Manager Gordon Bartlett took a well earned weekend break with his family following a hectic, non-stop summer.
Leo reveals some good news on the injury front with both Carl Martin and Marcus Gross both likely to be available for selection for the Staines Town match on Tuesday 4 September away at Wheatsheaf Park. He also updates on other player news.
Calls to the Wealdstone FC Information Line - 09062 892011- cost 60p/minute (revenues feed back to the club). Manager updates are on Line 2.
The draw has been made for the second round of the Isthmian League Cup and Wealdstone have been drawn away to Molesey. The Match will be played the week commencing 1 October 2007. Keep checking the fixture list for date.
The Club are pleased to announce the introduction of Electronic payment via PayPal. Initially Donations and Friends of Wealdstone membership have been enabled. Further commercial opportunities will come online in due course.
The Club can now confirm our home fixture with Hastings United to be played on Saturday 1st September has been switched to Harrow Borough's Earlsmead stadium.
With landlords Northwood at home in the FA Cup the club have been actively looking to make alternate arrangements, however after much time and effort by the Wealdstone Board the decision is that the game will be switched to South Harrow. More to follow on the arrangements for the day.
Arrangements for AFC Wimbledon Game
Following discussions with the Metropolitan Police, arrangements have been finalised for the AFC Wimbledon Ryman League match on Tuesday 21 August Kick off at 7:45 at Northwood Park.
This match will be professionally stewarded and the area around the ground will be fully policed. To help with the considerable costs associated with these safety arrangements, the club will be charging the small fee of £1.00 for car parking in front of the Club house at Northwood Park. All supporters are advised to arrive early for this match to avoid delays at the turnstiles and parking congestion. The co-operation of all supporters with our ground safety regulations is very much appreciated.
Interview with Bartlett
The Ryman League ClubCall Line has an interview today (Wednesday 15 August) with Gordon Bartlett and this feature will remain on line all this week. The Stones Manager talks about our return this season to the Ryman League and includes the Prince Edward Playing Field news recently announced.
The interview can be heard by telephoning 09066 555 777 - calls cost 60p per minute.
Main Club Sponsors Announced
As Wealdstone enter their final week of preparations for the Ryman Football League Premier Division kick-off on Saturday 18 August, the Club have announced the renewal of their main sponsorship agreement for the 2007/8 season with CAMS Associates and CROSSITE Associates.
The deal with cover sponsorship of first team home and away shirts and other new innovative incentives for the club.
Stones Chairman Howard Krais said: ' We are absolutely delighted that CAMS and CROSSITE have agreed to renew their sponsorship of the club for the coming season and we are most grateful for their fantastic support. We look forward to working together in a successful partnership
CAMS Associates (www.cams-associates.co.uk) provides services to the Building Services and Electronic Security markets, whilst CROSSITE (www.crossite.com) provide Technology Management Solutions.
Bartlett speaks on the information line
Speaking exclusively on the Wealdstone FC Information Line over the weekend, Wealdstone Manager Gordon Bartlett said that the management team have been delighted with the progress shown over the past week: ' The games against Ruislip Manor, Chesham and Leatherhead have all highlighted positives and have given individual players within the squad the opportunity to show what they can do and to maintain fitness levels in readiness for the start of the League matches'. Bartlett said that the one downside to an intensive week has been further injuries to players - Carl Martin, Jomo Faal-Thomas and Dean Papali are all receiving treatment.
Stones round off their pre-season friendlies with a visit to Hillingdon Borough tonight (Monday 13 August) before the big Ryman League kick-off on Saturday 18 August when they travel to Folkstone Invicta.
Meet the manager went well
An absorbing 'Meet the Manager' evening took place at Wealdstone's training camp at Broadfields, North Harrow on Thursday 9 August. Manager Gordon Bartlett and all of the management team and staff answered many questions from stones supporters at a lively and entertaining open forum. It was new coach Jon Turner's first opportunity to meet the club's fans and he spoke about his role at the club and how he will be meeting the challenges of the new Ryman Premier season working together with the management team. Ex AFC Wimbledon Assistant Manager, Turner said: ' I have been focussing on the defensive responsibilities of the team and will be continuing to build up fitness levels for longer term success throughout the squad - I am really enjoying it and looking forward to the challenges ahead'
Stones Boss Gordon Bartlett revealed that he has made two further very significant signings before the start of the new campaign. Wycombe Wanderers professional Alan Massey has been signed on temporary loan for the start of the season, following some very impressive performances in recent friendlies. Massey, aged 19 is a central defender and signed professional forms for Wycombe earlier in the summer and will gain valuable experience at Wealdstone.
Also signed is Jomo Faal-Thomas a highly rated right sided defender, formerly with the Stones successful youth set-up. 18 year old Faal-Thomas was on trial with Coca Cola League One side Crewe Alexandra earlier in the summer and was with Hayes last season.
Stones play final friendlies at Leatherhead on Saturday 11 August and then Hillingdon Boro on Monday 13th August, before the big Ryman Premier League kick off on Saturday 18th when they travel to Folkstone Invicta FC.
With a little over a week to go to the start of the season there is still time to buy a season ticket for all home games, the first of which is against AFC Wimbledon on the 21st August K.O. 19:45.
This season the Club are also introducing a new programme season ticket more information can be found by clicking the link.
Talented Muldowney signs for Stones
Wealdstone are close to finalising their squad in readiness for the Ryman Premier kick -off on August 18th.
Firmly part of Manager Gordon Bartlett's plans for the new campaign and signed this week, will be Luke Muldowney a 21 year old midfielder. He was most recently with Chertsey Town, has experience at Reading, and started his football career with a scholarship at Brentford FC.
Speaking exclusively on the Stones Club Call Line this week, Bartlett said: ' I am very pleased to have signed Luke. He is a talented player and has done well for us during the pre-season. I am now close to completing my squad and need to look to making decisions by the end of this week on the final cut'
The Stones boss has revealed that one player he is keen to add to his line-up is the highly regarded defender Craig Vargos who featured in the friendly match with Windsor & Eton last Saturday. He said: ' Craig is a good player and we are interested but is it now very much up to the player to make a decision'
Wealdstone continue their pre-season friendly schedule with away matches against Burnham on 31 August, an additional match with Harefield United on 1 August and then a home game at Northwood Park on Saturday 4 August with newly formed Yeading & Hayes on Saturday 4 August, ko 3pm.
Stones v Windsor & Eton - Headline
A Josh Cooper goal after around 37 minutes gave Wealdstone a win over Windsor & Eton in the game played at Brunel University this morning. More to follow under the Match link.
Meet the Manager
The Club are pleased to announce that they are have organized a meet the Manager evening on Thursday 9th August at Broadfields, Headstone Lane, North Harrow.
All supporters are invited to come along from 7.30pm to see a training session in action, and then from 8.30pm there will be a chance to meet Gordon Bartlett and the coaching staff, including new coach Jon Turner, and the players. The later session will take place in the clubhouse at Broadfields once training has finished, and will be an opportunity for supporters to ask questions and discuss the progress of pre-season preparations with the Manager and staff.
Wealdstone FC are coming home?
After 16 years without a permanent home in Harrow, Wealdstone FC are within touching distance of fulfilling that dream. Barnet FC have announced that they are today due to complete 12 months of contract negotiations with the London Borough of Harrow and reach agreement for the completion of the £11 million development of the 44 acre Prince Edward Playing site at Canons Park.
Barnet FC Holdings will contribute £6 million towards the development which could now be up and running by next summer, and will provide a new 5,000 capacity stadium and facilities for Wealdstone Football Club. Barnet FC will not be playing Coca Cola league games there but the complex will provide Barnet FC with first team training facilities . In addition the site will house reserve , ladies and youth team football and there is also provision on the site for a Centre of Excellence and two full size third generation artificial pitches, together with other facilities, for use by the Harrow community.
Wealdstone FC Chairman, Howard Krais said: 'This news is a very positive step forward in the process and is another sign that matters, may, at long last, be reaching a conclusion. We remain very much aware of the hurdles still to be overcome but we are very pleased that this agreement has been reached between Barnet Holdings and Harrow Council and we are extremely grateful for all of the work done so far by all parties. We will be meeting with the Barnet Chairman, Tony Kleanthous , in the near future to move matters onto the next stages of our own negotiations and we will fully support the impetus to get us on site for the 2008 season'
Club Vacancies Available
Wealdstone Football Club has immediate vacancies for the following positions:
- Finance Director/Treasurer
- Commercial Manager
- Reserve Team Secretary
- Kit Manager
All interested persons are invited to call Club Chairman Howard Krais on 07789 376503 or email at: [email protected] for more information.
These are all great opportunities to play a key role in YOUR club and we look forward to receiving your enquiries.
As Wealdstone's preparations continue for the new Ryman League Premier Division season, the club has announced that they have signed talented left sided player Chris Owens from Brook House FC.
Owens has greatly impressed during pre - season training and becomes the sixth player acquisition of the summer for the Stones.
On the Coaching side, Jon Turner has returned from holiday and has been back fully working with the players this past week and has expressed his delight at the effort and commitment of the squad.
A former player with Brentford and Yeading FC , whom he later went on to manage, Turner was assistant manager with AFC Wimbledon last season. He was a player under Gordon Bartlett at Yeading where he won the FA Vase.
In other news, The gate for the Watford friendly match last week has been confirmed as 1150 - a new record attendance for Harefield's Preston Park ground.
And Remember Wealdstone play friendlies with Edgware on Tues 24 July, Windsor & Eton on Sat 28 July and Burnham on 31 July. For directions Click Here
Stones went down 3-0 to Hitchin today. A good work out for both sides in what were pretty horrible conditions considering it is July (!) s with both sides very committed resulting in cautions for a player from each side. Shane Hill scored 2 for the home side, one a long distance screamer the other a penalty, the other goal came from Cunnington.
Match report and squad details to follow on the Match page in due course.
1. Mitch Swain
2. Luke Blackmore
3. Carl Martin
4. Marcus Gross
5. James Gray
6. Craig Vargos
7. Graham Hall *
8. Dean Papali *
9. Ben Alexander
10. Lee Chapple *
11. Lee O'Leary
12. Kevin Swift.
13. Chris O'Leary
14. Seye Adegoke
15. Andre Delisser
16. Peter Dean
17. Chris Owens *
18. Steve Brown
19. Lee Grant
20. Adam Martin
21. Josh Cooper *
22. Patrick Damali
23 . Luke Muldowney
* All only possibles because of no pre season so far.
For directions Click Here
Wealdstone have announced further signings this week to boost Manager Gordon Bartlett's plans for the new Ryman Premier season.
Former Sheffield Wednesday utility player, James Gray, has been signed from Arlesley Town where he was skipper last season. Also joining the Stones will be Steve Brown a midfield player who was with Molesey last term and has experience with Reading. Bartlett is delighted to have James and Steve join the squad: 'Both players can be described as highly competitive and tenacious and will add steel to the team - both have looked very good in training as have the whole 22 in the squad; the coaching staff are very pleased with the application shown by the lads and there has been an outstanding attitude from them'
Meanwhile on the injury front, popular Goalkeeper Mitch Swain has picked up a knee injury and may be doubtful for Wealdstone's prestige friendly with Watford on 18 July (at Harefield United FC). Stones exciting left sided wide player Graeme Montgomery,19, is back in light training following a knee operation and has signed a new contract with the club.
ATTENTION ALL WATFORD FC SUPPORTERS - HALF PRICE ADMISSION TO LEAGUE MATCHES
On production of your Watford FC current and valid season ticket you can obtain a 50% discount on Wealdstone FC Ryman League matches played at Northwood Park, Chestnut Avenue, Northwood. This offer applies to adults and concessionary season ticket holders and you must clearly show your season ticket at the turnstiles. Applies to Ryman League matches only (not Cup or other matches).
See Fixture listing for match dates when available.
HALF PRICE ADMISSION OFFER - SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL FLYER - ALL SUPPORTERS
On production of the special Wealdstone v Watford promotional flyer that is being distributed to households during July 2007, we will admit the bearer to one Ryman League match at half price (50%) of normal gate admission. This offer applies to Adults and concessions. Applies for one Ryman league match only and the flyer must be handed in at the turnstiles. This offer does not apply to Cup and other matches.
The eagerly awaited Ryman Football League fixtures were released today, Thursday 12 July, 2007.
Wealdstone can look forward to a tremendously exciting start to their new campaign back in the Ryman Premier as the fixtures have thrown up an early home clash with big boys AFC Wimbledon in only their second game on Tuesday August 21st.
A rejuvenated Stones will be looking for a winning performance against the Dons who will be much changed under new Manager Terry Brown - an old friend and rival of Wealdstone Manager, Gordon Bartlett. Stones fans will see their former goal ace Richard Jolly return to Northwood Park this time in a Wimbledon shirt, signed by the Dons from Heybridge just before last season's transfer deadline . Bartlett commented: ' A tough start but one we will relish - we are all working hard to be in the best possible shape for these matches and the campaign ahead'
This Wimbledon game will be rapidly followed by another home match, this time with Margate FC on Saturday 25 August.
Stones' league opener will be away to Folkstone Invicta on Saturday August 18th.
Just as eagerly anticipated by Stones fans and players will be the return of local derby encounters with rivals Harrow Borough - away at Earlsmead on Boxing Day and then at home on Easter Monday, 24 March 2008.
To view all of the fixtures please click here or alternatively open the 'Match' tab.
The Youth Team Fixtures have also been announced and can also be viewed in the 'Match' page.
Wealdstone have further strengthened their squad this week by securing the signature of former Exeter City professional Marcus Gross.
Adding to his back line for the new Ryman Premier campaign, Wealdstone's very upbeat Manager, Gordon Bartlett, said: ' Marcus is another excellent new signing for the club and he will add power and strength to our defensive capabilities - he is a big strong centre half and very Mobile
6' 4", Gross, aged 24, was with Chesham United last season where he was a key player, has also had experience playing in America through a student scholarship.
Bartlett expects to announce more signings in the coming weeks as a busy pre season gets firmly underway - Stones first Friendly match is against Championship Watford FC on July 18 (at Harefield United FC)
Watford have confirmed they are sending a first team squad for the pre season match next week. People are reminded that tickets should be purchased in advance to avoid lengthy queues next Wednesday night.
Wealdstone FC held their first training pre-season session last night (Tuesday 3 July) at Broadfields, Harrow, in preparation for their new campaign back in the Ryman Premier. Manager Gordon Bartlett was extremely pleased at the turnout with a total of 65 players being put through their paces with the coaching staff.
Most players from last season's squad have returned to training together with a large number of trialists.
Said Gordon: ' The session was very successful and a good start. I am able to confirm that we have signed Peter Dean a striker from Northwood and Lee O'Leary a midfielder, previously with us, from AFC Wimbledon. Both players are capable of scoring goals and I am delighted to have signed them'
Bartlett added that more new signings are expected over the next couple of weeks.
Wealdstone play their first friendly against Watford FC at Harefield United's ground on Wednesday 18 July, ko 7.45pm. For ticket enquiries call 020 8907 4421.
Pre-Season training begins tonight at Broadfield playing fields. Many players will be looking to impress Manager Gordon Bartlett in the first training session.
More information will be posted after the session.
Keep checking the site for updates.
The FA has announced the first three rounds (the extra preliminary, the preliminary and the first qualifying round) of the FA Cup. The Stones join in at the first qualifying stage and have been drawn at Home to the winners of the preliminary round game between Waltham Forest or Halstead. The game against Waltham Forest or Halstead will be played on Saturday 15th September KO 15:00.
The FA has also announced the draw for the preliminary and the first qualifying rounds of the Trophy. The Stones join in the first qualifying round and will meet either Leighton Town or Molesey Away on Saturday 20th October 2007 KO 15:00 and finally in the FA Youth Cup the Stones have been drawn Away to Harefield United on a date to be confirmed.
Tickets have been printed for the friendly match with Watford FC and are available by postal application from Wealdstone Match Secretary Alan Couch - please telephone first if you are collecting tickets:
Alan Couch, Wealdstone FC : 020 8907 4421 - 31 Jersey Avenue , Stanmore, Middlesex , HA7 2JG .
Postal applications should include a SAE please.
Tickets for the match are priced at £10 for adults and £5 concessions. Supporters will be able to pay at the gates on the match day, but it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance to avoid delays at the turnstiles on the evening.
Please make ticket cheques payable to Wealdstone FC.
Match Posters are also available from Alan Couch - please help us to promote this big match.
Just a quick hello from the new webmaster. I would first like to say a big thank you to Roge for running this site for the previous nine years. As you can see there have been a number of changes to the site and some are still yet to be completed. Keep Checking back to find out all the latest Wealdstone FC news.
Late Friday afternoon at 3:45 Director and Club secretary Paul 'Fingers' Fruin received a telephone call from the FA
He was informed that it is a very strong possibility that by Tuesday of next week Scarborough FC may well go out of business.
It is therefore the FA's intention to move Wealdstone back into the Southern League to balance the numbers.
The club wishes to make clear to its supporters that it will be doing all it can to oppose this move and stay in the Ryman League as already much work has been done in considering next season's squad, in bringing in a new coach and generally in terms of setting our budget and expectations.
However the final decision will be made by the FA and Wealdstone FC may well have little say as to what league we will start the 2007/08 season in. That is not to say we are not and will not rigorously challenge any such decision. We will keep everyone updated on this matter over the coming days and of course at the Club AGM.
Wealdstone FC announce pre-season friendlies
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Pre-season Friendly Vs Watford announce watch out for details
It's all change as Stones head back to the Ryman League Premier Division for next season.
AFC Hornchurch AFC Wimbledon Ashford Town (Mx) Billericay Town Boreham Wood Carshalton Athletic Chelmsford City East Thurrock United Folkestone Invicta Harlow Town Harrow Borough Hastings United Hendon Heybridge Swifts Horsham Leyton Maidstone United Margate Ramsgate Staines Town Tonbridge Angels Wealdstone
Changes on Wealdstone board with new Chairman appointed
Wealdstone FC Chairman Nick Symmons has stepped down from the board and is succeeded by current director Howard Krais. Additionally Roger Slater has also decided to leave the board.
Howard Krais described the appointment as a great honour and said The last 2-3 years have been very tough for everyone involved with the Club. However, I think that things might be about to change over the coming months. We are moving into a period that I am calling the end game. This means finally sorting our long term future off the field and with the young squad that Gordon Bartlett is bringing together we have much to look forward to on the playing side as well.
The Wealdstone family is full of people who are passionate about the Club. This includes the playing and management staff, but especially our supporters who have never stopped believing and we all share the ambition of returning Wealdstone FC to its former glories. I have been given the chance to lead the Club in these endeavors and I am excited about delivering that ambition.
In further changes on the board Peter Worby has been appointed vice chairman and Paul Fruin will take on the role of Club Secretary.
Having been chairman for the past five years and a director for eight, Nick Symmons will return to the terraces to continue a support for the club that is already of over 40 years standing. Nick is stepping down because of changes in his personal circumstances that mean he is unable to commit the time and effort that the position requires. Nick thanked all at the club for the help and support they gave him during his tenure and he extended his best wishes to his Howard as he picks up the reigns.
Roger Slater has held a variety of posts within the Club over the past 16 years. These varied from Safety Officer, Webmaster, Club Secretary and for the past six years Director. Roger was also the author of the official book charting the clubs history, which was published in 2002. In the past year or so Roger has successfully set up his own business CAMS Associates, who have been Club Sponsor with an associated business Crossite Associates as Reserve Team Sponsor, leaving less time available to spend on Club business.
In a final note from me, i am also giving up this website which started as a contact page for 'The Book', now handing over the reins to supporter Matt Hill who will take on the site in the next few weeks, so I'm sure there will be some changes!!
My thanks go to all of you for your support and interest over the last 9 years.