Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 08, 2017
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Surely the players would have been better prepared by recording a handsome victory over Chipstead rather than sitting at home?
If you enjoyed queueing for rides at Disney World, come to Dulwich. Dulwich fans spend their whole time queuing; admission, beer, tea, toilets, traffic lights, 20mph zones, bus lanes, waiting for a play-off win.
We had chances today but they were squandered. However, Dulwich could easily have had 6. There was a bit of belief lacking today. The talismanic Moore sat the game out and was sorely missed. It is assumed he was injured but no official reason was forthcoming.
So a trying week ends on 0-9. Ashford Town will be looking forward to the FA Cup fixture rather more than when the draw was made on Monday.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
After the Lord Mayor's show comes the sh*t cart.
A thunderous display at Ware was followed by a pathetic halfhearted effort at Chipstead. We only have two realistic chances of silverware this season. Correction, we now have one.
We are unlikely to win the FA Cup, and we are unlikely to tamper with Tamplin winning the league, so that leaves the Surrey Senior Cup. We don't normally enter The FA Trophy.
The team sheet was a huge disappointment to those supporters who made the effort to travel. Even the player/manager decided neither to play nor manage.
Even more disappointing was the effort put in by the second string team. Their attitude reflected that of the management. If we are competing for the play offs come January this league cup abdication will be justified. If we are mid table and arranging friendless due to the lack of games it will prove to be a lost opportunity.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Friday, September 08, 2017
Monday, September 04, 2017
Friday, September 01, 2017
Cray Valley come to the Grove tomorrow to face us in the FA Cup. A competition that we, frankly, have been bloody useless in over the past few years. I sense that the FA Cup this year will be taken a lot more seriously but with us an banana skin is only 90 minutes away.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The game started cagily with a typically niggly spoiling Met Police side looking for a draw or maybe to sneak an odd goal. The weather was dangerously hot by British standards as it was almost 26 degrees celsius. How they manage without drinks breaks in Spain when it is 35 degrees we will never know.
The first half saw very few chances. The biggest concern was a misbehaving yellow motorbike until the usually superb Clohessy had a rush of blood to the head. An off the ball incident noticed by the assistant referee saw him receive a straight red. No one complained much so the decision must have been correct.
Met Police almost tried to launch the occasional attack when we were down to 10 men but it was half hearted. We went into half time on level terms but slightly hot and bothered.
Despite their player advantage, Met Police created few real chances in the 2nd half and it wasn't long before one of their number (who should have been keeping people safe in Notting Hill) was shown a 2nd yellow. Our spirits rose and the boss brought himself on. We started to control the game and we searched for a winner which finally came in the form of the influential Blackman and the lively Chike.
A superb start to the season and a well deserved 2 week rest from league action. Onto the FA Cup where last year a dreadful performance under a hapless Sandman saw us crash out at Hythe.
This year will be different. Mooro stared down Steven Gerrard in the FA Cup not that long ago so surely will not fold against Cray Paper Mills from 2 leagues below. The friendly against Glebe showed we can not afford to be complacent . An A1 sized performance will be required, not A3 or A4.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Friday, August 25, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Our guests ply their trade in the Southern League Premier Division so it should be an even match.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Friday, July 28, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Friday, July 07, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
The pre-season fixtures are out. They have some of the usual ones (Corinthian away) and some new grounds to visit (Canterbury, Glebe and Sheppy). Given the new manager, it is a shame we couldn't get AFC Wimbledon down to the Grove and give them a chance to finally beat us…
8th July 15:00- Vs Bromley (River Lane)
11th July 19:45 Vs Woking (River Lane)
13th July 19:45 Vs Sheppey Utd (Away)
15th July 15:00 Vs Corinthian FC (Away)
21st July 19:45 Vs Canterbury (Away)
22nd July 15:00 Vs Glebe (Away)
26th July 19:45 Vs Godalming (Away)
29th July 15:00 Vs Hayes and Yeading (Away)
2nd August 19:45 Vs Basingstoke (Fetcham Grove)
5th August 15:00 Vs Kingstonian (Fetcham Grove)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Friday, May 05, 2017
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Monday, May 01, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Chris Boulter, Mu Man and Josh Gallagher represented the Tanners on the field. Off the field the Tanners were well represented by many familiar faces, even an ex manager who had masterminded an embarrassingly easy play off win over Dulwich 6 years earlier.
The first half was dire, but flew by as yet another informal fans' forum developed in the little stand behind the goal. It was similar to the previous three forums in that no one knew any solid facts (or were hiding them behind secret agendas). Words were muttered whilst carefully checking who was around you......leases, car parks, lux, shares, BlueGold, roofs, toilets, etc etc.
Finally, we bored ourselves stupid with these conversations and moved onto discussing the poor quality of the game, and how badly it needed some magic in the form of a Kadell Daniel or a Jerome Frederico.
Casuals had by far the better of the 2nd half but spurned numerous chances, much to the annoyance of the increasingly foul mouthed Casuals supporters who must have been on loan from Chelsea. It was a difficult decision to stay for extra time and witness another 30 minutes of dross. Penalties were a welcome relief. Dorking prevailed and the pitch was swamped by at least two of their celebrating supporters.
That just left the run to the car park to beat the queue of traffic, and thoughts returned back to the mystery announcement due on Tuesday, or maybe Wednesday, or maybe....oh for God's sake!!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The meeting was positive, attended by over 30 supporters, and the overall message from those in attendance was we have been in a worse situation; and tell us what is wrong and we would try and fix it. There was life in the old girl yet.
With that in mind, one of the outputs of the meeting was a letter to the Board requesting that the 9 May meeting be used for information, a chance to lay out all the facts, and hold a subsequent meeting (or period) to vote. This was signed by 15 members, which exceeded the 10 required under the 2000 constitution. I was told that this may not be relevant under the 2013 constitution but I believe the request to be reasonable for the Board to consider in their meeting this week.
While everyone in the meeting was in favour of exploring ways to remain at Fetcham Grove I did speak to members who felt the game was up; Fetcham Grove had been allowed to decline too far. The one area that unites both camps is seeing both the proposal and the reasons as to why our current ground is beyond repair.
Tomorrow night may give further insight into this as Laurence and Gerald host a Q&A session in the bar at 7pm...
In the first half, the visitors had more of an edge about them. Just after the 15 minute mark, a ball into the box was handled and a penalty awarded which was coolly dispatched. We had our chances, and a diabolical short corner routine, but the first half ended 1-0.
The second half brought new vigour into Leatherhead and we looked to take the advantage. The strike that levelled it at 1-1 was either goal or fluke of the season which came from a short corner (which pains me to say), as Jerome lofted a ball into the area that beat everyone and found the back of the net.
Harlow struck back with 15 minutes to go from a well directed header which sent their 'keeper into a bout of smug celebration directed... a celebration that went on to haunt him.
First of all Nana was played in and lashed in a powerful shot into the bottom corner. 2-2. Not so smug. Then as we play the last minute of injury time a shot hit the hand of a defender which played in Jerry. While he was deemed onside due to this second phase of play he must have believed he was way off (as did the defence) such was the nonchalance of his strike. It went under the now devastated 'keeper to end our season with a 3-2 win.
Leatherhead marched off the pitch full of hugs and selfies (but no punches) and somewhere a WhatsApp group is created called "Ex-Levred" with perhaps 7-8 participants. I doubt we will see such a talented bunch that ended our season for a long time.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Now that the hard work on the pitch is almost over, our thoughts turn to affairs off of it and the important decision that lies ahead.
A group of supporters have come together to explore the feasibility of remaining at Fetcham Grove. This is not to simply oppose or block such a move but in order that all of the costs, benefits, risks and opportunities are understood when making such an important decision.
Therefore we are hosting a supporter led meeting tomorrow, before the Harlow game, at 2pm in Leatherhead Cricket Club for all fans / members. This is just to gage opinion and to outline what we believe we need to do over the next two weeks.
I am reliably told the bar will be open and we look forward to seeing you there.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Friday, April 07, 2017
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Sunday, April 02, 2017
This was the first game in charge for the unlikeable, uncouth, former pub side manager of Billericay, Craig Edwards. He had called his new side to the ground an hour early to allow extra time to shout, swear, and threaten them.
K's are having a nightmare of late. They have lost their last 7 games and accumulated just 2 points from the last 11 games. With Craig's expletives doubtless ringing in their ears, K's started the game like startled chickens who had just spotted a fox entering the coop.......running around all over the place like their live's depended on it.
The Tanners looked confused, reluctant to join in, hoping we could play total football instead. But we were left with no choice other than to get stuck in and play like a Sam Allardyce side rather than a Jimmy Bullard one. We got to half time goalless without too much alarm except for the length of the tea bar queue staffed by a solitary lady.
It looked likely that this game would be won with one scrappy goal. In fact it was won by 2 scrappy goals to 1 scrappy goal with our scrappy goals from the immense Jerry Jerry and the impact sub Nana. Jubilant scenes followed the final whistle after a very nervous last 5 minutes.
There isn't much time to enjoy our 3 point cushion which could very quickly evaporate as we travel to Dulwich on Tuesday. They normally run us ragged at their place in front of a 1,000 or more urban bohemians looking on smugly.
Travel Tip: Go to McDonalds before the game if you are hungry as the burgers are £8.50.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
A very familiar story for Leatherhead; a cracking first half and then capitulation in the second to allow the three points to slip away.
I like going to Enfield. Last time their crowd was buoyed a couple of coach loads of Belgian fans so I wondered what a standard game would be like but there is a very pleasant and welcoming buzz to the place. The pitch looked greener but still the occasional puff of dust to show the pitch was hard and dry again.
For the 20 or so behind the goal in the first half it was looking like the trip was worth it. Enfield could not cope with Jerome and Kadell and chuck in the threat of Carr up front we had them on the back foot. We got the breakthrough after Jerome worked some space on the edge of the box and had the audacity to try and lob the ‘keeper. It was inch perfect with their shot stopper only tickling as it sailed over him. 1-0.
We pressed on but the warning signs were there of what was to come. Namely with us mucking about with it at the back, trying to be clever and to waste time but Wells got mixed up and was forced into a rash tackle outside his area. A red card was expected but he got away with it and stayed on the pitch to pull off a fantastic save from the resulting set piece.
So, into the second half and the table showed us outside the relegation zone. All we had to do was play the same and we’d be OK, but that is not how it turned out. I am no expert but any threat we had down the wings suddenly dried up and we had no plan b. Perhaps Jimmy didn’t fancy any of the options on the bench as no change came until the damage was done, opting to clap encouragement.
The first Enfield goal was classic Leatherhead. A free kick on the edge of the box was directed to the back post where a player was completely unmarked and headed home.
The second goal, well we out Leatherheaded ourselves again but I have some sympathy. It looked like Kadell was fouled on the edge of the box but the ref played on; so from a dangerous position we find ourselves chasing the ball and they score from the breakaway move.
Subs did happen with about 5 minutes to go in drips and drabs – it was as if we were the team looking to waste time – but nothing came of it.
Back into the bottom four and we wait for a tough game this Saturday…
Saturday, March 18, 2017
While on a company conference we were treated to a motivational speech by the famous conductor and producer, Christian Gansch where told the story of how they played the concert of their lives in Berlin. Three days later they were in Paris in good spirits when the conductor them while setting up with a simple message, “Berlin didn’t happen”. The point being the past performance did not make it an automatic right that they would play well again and they had to prepare for the concert like any other.
At this point I should have been thinking about career paths or succession planning but my mind drifted to our plight following a good home win. While confidence is important, Enfield Town will pose a completely different audience. However we play, I hope they know their brass from their oboe.
Kick off at 3pm. Directions can be found here. See you there!
Thursday, March 16, 2017
A thoroughly professional performance gives us new hope.
Folkestone expected to win this one and were taken aback by our attacking positive football. Jimmy's Plan B of more direct football and cutting out the mucking around at the back, has reaped rewards quickly with 7 points from 4 games.
We were too hot to handle for Folkestone for much of this game and they frequently resorted to breaking up our attacks with cynical fouls. The referee let them off initially but grew tired of the persistent fouling and handed out about 6 yellow cards by the end of the game.
The new addition of Jerome Frederick made the difference last Saturday when he came on at half time and he opened the scoring last night with a cracker. We could have been 2 or 3 up at half time so there were still plenty of nerves when we went in with a slender 1-0 advantage. Folkestone livened up briefly at the start of the 2nd half but we regained our composure and made certain of the 3 points with a Daniel Carr penalty.
We now have a tough games at Enfield then home to Wingate & Finchley but if the players stay positive and maintain the energy levels there is no reason why we can't pick up points. How about 4 points lads?
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Kick of at 7.45. Good luck fellas.
Monday, March 13, 2017
2015 - 48 points - 24 teams (Lthd 10th 67 points)
2014 - 49 points - 24 teams (Lthd in Southern)
2013 - 41 points - 22 teams (Lthd in Southern)
2012 - 41 points - 22 teams (Lthd 18th 41 points - relegated)