Leytonstone /ˈleɪtənˌstoʊn/ is an area of East London, and part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is an area, located seven miles north-east of Charing Cross in Greater London. It borders Walthamstow to the north-west, Wanstead to the north, Leyton to the south, the area is served by Leytonstone tube station on the Central line & Leytonstone High Road on London Overgrounds Gospel Oak to Barking line. The main thoroughfare, High Road Leytonstone, running the length of Leytonstone to Stratford, is an ancient pathway dating to pre-Roman times, Roman archaeological features have been found in the area. There was a Roman cemetery south of Blind Lane, and massive foundations of some Roman building, two of the obelisks inscriptions are still just legible, others are not. To Epping XI Miles through Woodford, Loughton To Ongar XV Miles through Woodford Bridge, Chigwell, Leytonstone was the centre of protests against the construction of the M11 link road, in the early 1990s. Leytonstone was part of the ancient parish of Leyton in the Becontree Hundred of Essex, for ecclesiastical purposes it constituted a separate parish from 1845. The parish of Leyton formed part of the West Ham Poor law union, in 1894 it became part of the Leyton Urban District, which was incorporated in 1926 as the Municipal Borough of Leyton. Leytonstone became part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest in 1965 upon the creation of Greater London, the area is part of the Leyton and Wanstead constituency. As of May 2010, John Cryer has held the seat for the Labour Party, for elections to the London Assembly it is part of the North East constituency and the AM is Jennette Arnold of the Labour Party. It is part of the London constituency for elections to the European Parliament, Leytonstone High Road was a Roman track from London to Epping Forest. This route became important for long distance coaches from the 14th century, in the 1960s there was a problem of congestion around the shopping streets in Leytonstone, a problem which continues with the one way system today. In the 1990s the M11 link road was built through the area despite a long running protest by locals and this and other protests led to the Conservative policy, Roads for Prosperity, being abandoned. Leytonstone tube station is on the Central line of the London Underground, Leytonstone High Road is a London Overground railway station. The Wanderers F. C. also originated from Leytonstone but played in other venues round London. EDF Energy Networks is the Distribution network operator licensed to distribute electricity from the grid to homes and businesses in Leytonstone. Whipps Cross University Hospital, on Whipps Cross road, is a University Hospital administrated by Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust, London Ambulance Service responds to medical emergencies in Leytonstone. Home Office policing in Leytonstone is provided by the Metropolitan Police Service, statutory emergency fire service is provided by the London Fire Brigade, with Leytonstone Fire Station on Leytonstone High Road
Forward (association football)
Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing teams goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals. Their advanced position and limited defensive responsibilities mean forwards normally score more goals on behalf of their team than other players, modern team formations generally include one to three forwards, for example, the common 4–2–3–1 formation includes one forward. Unconventional formations may include more than three forwards, or none, the centre-forward is often a tall player, typically known as a target man, whose main function is to score the majority of goals on behalf of the team. Most modern centre-forwards operate in front of the strikers or central attacking midfielders. The present role of centre-forward is sometimes interchangeable with that of an attacking midfielder, a centre-forward usually must be strong, to win key headers and outmuscle defenders. The term centre-forward is taken from the football playing formation in which there were five forward players. The number would become synonymous with the centre-forward position. Strikers are known for their ability to peel off defenders and to run into space via the side of the defender and to receive the ball in a good goalscoring position. They are typically fast players with ball control and dribbling abilities. More agile strikers like Michael Owen have an advantage over taller defenders due to their short burst speed, a good striker should be able to shoot confidently with either foot, possess great power and accuracy, and have the ability to pass the ball under pressure in breakaway situations. Deep-lying forwards have a history in the game, but the terminology to describe their playing activity has varied over the years. Originally such players were termed inside forwards, creative or deep-lying centre-forwards, in fact, a coined term, the nine-and-a-half, has been an attempt to become a standard in defining the position. In Italy, this role is known as a rifinitore or seconda punta, whereas in Brazil, it is known as segundo atacante. An outside forward plays as the forward on the right or left wing – as an outside right or outside left. As football tactics have largely developed, and wingers have dropped back to become midfielders, many commentators and football analysts still refer to the wing positions as outside right and outside left. However, in the British game they are counted as part of the midfield. It is a duty to beat opposing full-backs, deliver cut-backs or crosses from wide positions and, to a lesser extent, to beat defenders. They are usually some of the quickest players in the team, in their Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese usage, the defensive duties of the winger have been usually confined to pressing the opposition fullbacks when they have the ball
Ebbsfleet United F.C.
Ebbsfleet United Football Club is a football club in Northfleet, Kent, England, which is in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football. The team plays matches at Stonebridge Road. Before 2007, the club was called Gravesend & Northfleet, from 1969 and 1971, Roy Hodgson, who later became manager of the national teams of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Finland and England, was a player at the club, making 59 appearances. In 1979, the team was one of the members of the Alliance Premier League. For the 1997–98 season, Gravesend & Northfleet left the Southern League, on 13 November 2007, it was announced that the website MyFootballClub had entered a deal in principle to take over the club. Approximately 27,000 MyFootballClub members each paid £35 to provide an approximate £700,000 takeover fund and all owned a share in the club. Members had a vote on transfers as well as player selection, because of the nature of MyFootballClub, it was announced that manager Liam Daish would become instead the first team head coach. His backroom staff would remain at the club, both resulted in overwhelming Yes votes,95. 89% voted to proceed with the takeover while 95. 86% voted to allow Daish to continue his transfer plans. The deal was ratified at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the board on 19 February. On 10 May 2008, Ebbsfleet United won the FA Trophy, defeating Torquay United 1–0 in the final on the clubs first trip to Wembley, becoming the first Kentish team to win this trophy. Ebbsfleet United went on to win the Kent Senior Cup in the same season, with a 4–0 victory over Cray Wanderers on 26 July 2008. After one year of ownership a majority of MyFC members failed to renew, the club had previously stated that 15,000 was the minimum required. As of September 2010, two and a years after the takeover, there were around 3,500 members. Both the manager and the club secretary opposed the change, Liam Daish subsequently departed as manager and the new ownership appointed Dover Athletic coach and former Charlton Athletic defender Steve Brown as the new manager. Steve Browns first competitive game was a draw at home to Havant & Waterlooville. A club record was broken just before Christmas as Browns team achieved nine wins in succession, Ebbsfleet eventually reached the playoffs, helped by goalkeeper Preston Edwards keeping eleven clean sheets at Stonebridge Road over the course of the season. The playoff semi-final first leg against Bromley at Stonebridge Road ended in a 4–0 win for the Fleet, despite Bromley winning the second leg, Browns side won 4–1 on aggregate. The playoff final was against Dover Athletic at Stonebridge Road in front of a 4,200 crowd, Dover dominated the encounter, winning 1–0 with a goal early in the second half from former Ebbsfleet striker Nathan Elder
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Under-23s and Academy
The Tottenham Hotspur Development Squad consist of mainly young players under the age of 21 who have signed professional contracts, many of whom have progressed through Tottenhams youth academy. The reserves in recent times have been known as the Development Squad to reflect the purpose of producing players for the first team. They have won one Premier Reserve League South title since the formation in 1999 and were runners-up in the inaugural Barclays U21 Premiership League which took over from 2012. In 1948 Tottenham entered an A team into the Eastern Counties League and they won the League Cup in their first season and the league title and the East Anglian Cup in their second. In 1957–58 they again won both the league and East Anglian Cup and went on to win the League Cup the following season and they won three consecutive league titles in 1959–60, 1960–61 and 1961–62. In 1963 they left the ECL to join the Metropolitan League, which won in 1966–67 as well as the League Cup in 1963–64. The academy features a network of 35 scouts who are tasked with finding the best local, national and international talent, whilst under 16, in the Youth development phase, players are coached or play in the evenings and the weekend whilst they are in full-time education. On reaching 16, the best players are offered a place in the U18s Academy on a full-time 2 year Scholarship contract and this provides an academic programme alongside their football commitments. Players will usually progress through first and second years of the development phase whereupon on completion. Where a player is borderline or has held back because of injury there is the option of offering a third year at the Academy by exception. The Academy Manager is John McDermott, one of the former Youth Team coaches is Alex Inglethorpe who joined the club in 2006 after a two-year spell as manager of Exeter City. In November 2012 after six years service to Tottenham he joined Liverpool to become their Under-21 coach, players who have progressed through the Academy and have shown the potential to play at a higher level are offered professional contracts and will then join the Development Squad. The Development Squad may also be joined by under 21 players signed from clubs or free agents who have proved themselves in trials at the club. The purpose of the Development Squad is to produce new players for the First Team though breaking into the squad is no easy feat for a young player. As well as playing in U21 games players may be loaned out to clubs in lower leagues or sometimes clubs abroad to give them experience. As of the 2012 -2013 season the Development squad have played in the Barclays U21 Premiership League, in July 2014 Ugo Ehiogu, former professional footballer was appointed Under-21 Team Coach following a period working part-time with the Academy. They lost just three times during the league season, home games were played at Broadhall Way, the home ground of Stevenage Borough. The 2006–07 was less successful for the team with them finishing mid-table in fifth place behind league winners Reading, Watford, Chelsea
Ipswich Town F.C.
Ipswich Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. They play in the Championship, the tier of the English football league system. The club was founded in 1878 but did not turn professional until 1936 and they play their home games at Portman Road in Ipswich. The clubs traditional colours are blue shirts and white shorts. Ipswich have won the English league title once, in their first season in the top flight in 1961–62 and they won the FA Cup in 1977–78, and the UEFA Cup in 1980–81. They have competed in the top two tiers of English football uninterrupted since 1957–58. They have competed in all three European club competitions, and have never lost at home in European competition, defeating Real Madrid, AC Milan, Internazionale, Lazio and Barcelona F. C. among others. The club was founded as a side in 1878 and were known as Ipswich A. F. C. until 1888 when they merged with Ipswich Rugby Club to form Ipswich Town Football Club. The team won a number of cup competitions, including the Suffolk Challenge Cup. The club won the league a further three times, in 1929–30, 1932–33 and 1933–34, before becoming members of the Eastern Counties Football League at the end of the 1934–35 season. A year later, the club turned professional and joined the Southern League, Ipswich were elected to The Football League on 30 May 1938, and played in Division Three until the end of the 1953–54 season, when they won the title and promotion to Division Two. The club won the Division Three title again in 1956–57, and this time, Ipswich established themselves in Division Two, and as the division champions, won promotion to the top level of English football, Division One, in 1960–61. In the top flight for the first time, Ipswich became Champions of the Football League at the first attempt in 1961–62, as English league champions, they qualified for the 1962–63 European Cup, defeating Maltese side Floriana 14–1 on aggregate before losing to Milan. Ramsey quit the club in April 1963 to take charge of the England national team, after the team won the 1966 World Cup, Ramsey was replaced by Jackie Milburn, under whose leadership fortunes on the pitch plummeted. Milburn quit after just one season and was replaced by Bill McGarry in 1964. McGarry left to manage Wolves and was replaced by Bobby Robson in January 1969, Robson led Ipswich to two major trophies and several seasons in top flight European football. The successful period began in 1973 when the won the Texaco Cup and finished fourth in the league. Ipswich regularly featured in the top five of the league and in the UEFA Cup, at their peak in the 1979–80 season, they beat Manchester United 6–0 in a league game at Portman Road, a game where United goalkeeper Gary Bailey also saved three penalties
Maldon & Tiptree F.C.
Maldon & Tiptree Football Club is an English football club based in Maldon, Essex. The club competes in the Isthmian League Division One North, the tier of the English football league system. They were champions of the league in the 1965–66 season, the club then spent six seasons in the Eastern Counties Football League between 1966 and 1972, when they resigned to join the Essex Senior Football League. They won the league in the 1984–85 season, before returning to the Eastern Counties League in 1996 and they were promoted to the Premier Division in 1998, and then earned promotion to the Southern League Eastern Division in 2004. Maldon Town were formed in August 1946 as part of the Maldon Social, the club initially joined Division Two of the Chelmsford & Mid-Essex League. The following season, they played in the North Essex League before making a return to the Chelmsford & Mid-Essex League in 1949 and they won the Premier Division that season and the following season joined the Premier Division of the Essex and Suffolk Border Football League. They won the cup in 1964–65 and the Premier Division the following season. Between 1966 and 1972, the club finished in the bottom half of the Eastern Counties League. Town won the Essex Senior League in the 1984–85 season on a difference of two goals over Witham Town. They made a return to the Eastern Counties League, joining Division One in 1996, in the 1997–98 season, Town finished as runners-up to Ipswich Wanderers and were promoted to the Premier Division. In the 2003–04 season, they were runners-up to A. F. C, Town were placed in the Isthmian League Premier Division for the 2005–06 season, but finished the season in 20th-position and relegated to the Isthmian League Division One North. Their first season in Division One North ended in disappointment after being barred from taking part in the due to ground grading issues. In September 2009, Maldon Town were taken over by Tiptree United chairman Ed Garty in a move which saw both clubs form under an umbrella of control. Maldon boss Stuart Nethercott was removed as manager and Tiptree manager Colin Wallington took his place, both teams would play from Maldons Park Drive ground while both teams completed their respective seasons. It was announced in April 2010 that Maldon Town would be rebranded as Maldon & Tiptree Football Club, with Tiptree United withdrawing from the Essex Senior League. In an effort preserve Tiptree Uniteds name and history, the club were incorporated into Maldon Town, while a new blue, fans were asked to vote on a nickname for Maldon & Tiptree in January 2014, having previously been simply referred to as Maldon. Fans opted for The Jammers over suggestions including The River Boys, The Marshmen, during Maldon Towns first two years of existence, the club played its home games at Sadds Ground on The Causeway in Maldon. From 1947, Town spent three seasons playing at the Promenade before acquiring a new ground in Farmbridge Road, where remained until 1994
England national football C team
The England national football C team is the football team that represents England at non-league level. Formed in 1979 as the England Non-League team, it features players who play for clubs outside of the Football League, many players who have been capped at non-league level have gone on to play at a higher level. Currently, the majority of selected players are professionals with Conference Premier league clubs. Home matches are played at various League and non-league grounds around the country and they have more recently begun playing against under-23 teams from the likes of Belgium and Turkey which have included players capped at full international level. They won the tournament for the time in May 2008. Since January 2003, the team has been managed by Paul Fairclough, the team has played in three International Challenge Trophy finals. † Team appeared as FA Representative XI, the following squad was selected for the friendly match against Estonia U23 on 15 November 2016
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
The EFL Cup, or simply the League Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in mens domestic English football. First held in 1960–61 as the Football League Cup, it is one of the three top domestic competitions in England, alongside the Premier League and FA Cup. It concludes in February, long before the two, which end in May. It was introduced by the league as a response to the popularity of European football. It also took advantage of the roll-out of floodlights, allowing the fixtures to be played as midweek evening games, with the renaming of the Football League as the English Football League in 2016, the tournament was rebranded as the EFL Cup from the 2016–17 season onwards. The tournament is played over seven rounds, with single leg ties throughout, the final is held at Wembley Stadium, it is the only tie in the competition played at a neutral venue and on a weekend. Entrants are seeded in the rounds, and a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in later rounds. Winners receive the EFL Cup, of which there have been three designs, the current one also being the original, the current holders are Manchester United, who beat Southampton 3–2 in the 2017 final to win their fifth League Cup. Some clubs have fielded a weaker side in the competition. Many of the top English sides, Arsenal and Manchester United in particular, have used the competition to give young players valuable big-game experience. However, in 2010, in response to Arsène Wengers claim that a League Cup win would not end his trophy drought, Alex Ferguson described the trophy as a pot worth winning. The original idea for a League Cup came from Stanley Rous who saw the competition as a consolation for clubs who had already knocked out of the FA Cup. However it was not Rous who came to implement it, the re-organisation of the league was not immediately forthcoming, however, the cup competition was introduced regardless. The trophy was paid for personally by Football League President Joe Richards, Richards was proud of the competition, Richards described the competitions formation as an interim step on the way to the leagues re-organisation. I hope the Press will not immediately assume that the League is going to fall out with the F. A. or anybody else, the time has come for our voice to be heard in every problem which affects the professional game. The League Cup competition was established at a time when match day attendances were dwindling, the league had lost 1 million spectators compared to the previous season. It was established at a time when tensions between the Football League and the Football Association were high, the biggest disagreement was how revenue was shared between the clubs. During the late 1950s, the majority of senior English clubs equipped their grounds with floodlights and this opened up the opportunity to exploit weekday evenings throughout the winter
Crawley Town F.C.
Crawley Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Crawley, West Sussex, England. The team play in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. The clubs home ground is at Broadfield Stadium, first promoted to the Football Conference in 2004, the club survived a financial crisis to win promotion to the Football League in the 2010–11 season. In the same year reached the fifth round of the FA Cup. Formed in 1896, Crawley Town became founding members of the West Sussex Football League that year, Crawley retained their amateur status and went on to win the Metropolitan League Challenge Cup in 1959. Crawley turned semi-professional in 1962 and the year they joined Division One of the Southern League. The Sussex Floodlight Cup was won in three years from 1991 to 1993 and also again in 1998–99. The title was wrapped up with four remaining, as a 3–0 victory at Welling United sparked emotional celebrations from a large travelling contingent. Crawley would now be playing in the Football Conference, the highest level of non-League football, a final position of 12th in their first season in the National Division was an amazing achievement for the club who finished as the highest ranked part-time team in the country. Crawley also retained the Sussex Senior Cup by defeating Ringmer, in 2005 the SA Group bought the club and made the decision to go full-time for the first time in the clubs history. The 2005–06 season didnt start well for Crawley as the club found themselves third from bottom, francis Vines was subsequently sacked and replaced by former Chelsea FC manager and player John Hollins and his assistant Alan Lewer. Things got worse for Crawley and as attendances dropped so too did the clubs income, several key players left the club, including captain Ian Simpemba, Simon Wormull and record signing Daryl Clare, it looked certain that relegation was on the cards. However five straight wins through March and April saw the climb the table to 17th place. In August 2006 it was announced that the club would fold because of its debts, however, a last-minute rescue package saved the club and allowed it to carry on playing, albeit with a 10-point deduction for entering administration. Crawley started the 2006–07 season by winning their three games and all but wiped out their 10-point deduction. The following month, however, the clubs form dipped and this led to John Hollins and Alan Lewer losing their jobs. The news did not go well with the fans as the pair had stuck with Crawley when others decided to leave. They were replaced by players Ben Judge and David Woozley with the help of John Yems, life started well for the trio who picked up 10 points from a possible 12
The Isthmian League is a regional mens football league covering London, East and South East England featuring mostly semi-professional clubs. It is sponsored by Ryman, and therefore known as the Ryman League. It was founded in 1905 by amateur clubs in the London area and it now consists of 72 teams in three divisions, the Premier Division above its two feeder divisions, Division One North and Division One South. Together with the Southern League and the Northern Premier League, it forms the seventh and eighth levels of the English football league system and it has various regional feeder leagues and the league as a whole is a feeder league mainly to the National League South. Before the Isthmian League was formed, there were no leagues in which amateur clubs could compete, therefore, a meeting took place between representatives of Casuals, Civil Service, Clapton, Ealing Association, Ilford and London Caledonians to discuss the creation of a strong amateur league. All the clubs supported the idea and the Isthmian League was born on 8 March 1905, membership to the league was through invitation only. The league was strongly dedicated to amateurism, the champions did not even receive a trophy or medals, teams less able to compete financially thus gravitated to it rather than the Southern League, while those with ambition and money would move in the opposite direction. By 1922 the league had fourteen clubs and over the five decades, only a few new members were admitted. Most new Isthmian League members joined from the Athenian League, which was dedicated to amateurism. The league began to admit professionalism in the 1970s, a second division of sixteen clubs was formed in 1973 and a third division followed in 1977. The reward of promotion into the Conference means that, since 1985, the Athenian League disbanded in 1984 when the Isthmian League Second Division split into North and South Divisions. These were restructured again to Second and Third Divisions in 1991, in 2002, the league was restructured again, with the First and Second Divisions merging to become Division One North and Division One South, and the Third Division being renamed as Division Two. In 2004, The Football Association pushed through a restructuring of the non-league National League System. The Isthmian League was reduced back down to three divisions, and its boundaries were changed to remove the overlap with the Southern League, in 2006, further reorganisation saw a reversion to two regional Division Ones and the disbandment of Division Two. This current plan calls for clubs based on the edges of the Isthmian Leagues territory to transfer to, One team, Clapton, had been ever-present in the Isthmian League since its foundation, but they moved to the Essex Senior League for the 2006–07 season. Dulwich Hamlet, who joined the league in 1907, are currently its longest serving member, for the 1973–74 season, the Second Division was added. For the 1977–78 season, the Premier Division was added, for the 1984–85 season, the Second Division was reorganised into North and South regions. For the 1991–92 season, the regional Second Divisions were merged, at the end of the 1994–95 season, Enfield were denied promotion to the Conference
The FA Cup, known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout association football competition in mens domestic English football. First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest association football competition in the world and it is organised by and named after The Football Association. For sponsorship reasons, from 2015 through to 2018 it is known as The Emirates FA Cup. A concurrent womens tournament is held, the FA Womens Cup. A record 763 clubs competed in 2011–12, the tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final. The last entrants are the Premier League and Championship clubs, into the draw for the Third Round Proper, in the modern era, only one non-league team has ever reached the quarter finals, and teams below Level 2 have never reached the final. As a result, as well as who wins, significant focus is given to those minnows who progress furthest, especially if they achieve an unlikely giant-killing victory. Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have two designs and five actual cups, the latest is a 2014 replica of the second design. Winners also qualify for European football and a place in the FA Community Shield match, in 1863, the newly founded Football Association published the Laws of the Game of Association Football, unifying the various different rules in use before then. On 20 July 1871, in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, the inaugural FA Cup tournament kicked off in November 1871. After thirteen games in all, Wanderers were crowned the winners in the final, Wanderers retained the trophy the following year. The modern cup was beginning to be established by the 1888–89 season, following the 1914–15 edition, the competition was suspended due to the First World War, and did not resume until 1919–20. The 1922–23 competition saw the first final to be played in the newly opened Wembley Stadium, due to the outbreak of World War II, the competition was not played between the 1938–39 and 1945–46 editions. Having previously featured replays, the modern day practice of ensuring the semi-final and final matches finish on the day, was introduced from 2000 onwards. Redevelopment of Wembley saw the final played outside of England for the first time, the final returned to Wembley in 2007, followed by the semi-finals from 2008. The competition is open to any club down to Level 10 of the English football league system which meets the eligibility criteria, all clubs in the top four levels are automatically eligible. Clubs in the six levels are also eligible provided they have played in either the FA Cup. Newly formed clubs, such as F. C. United of Manchester in 2005–06 and also 2006–07, all clubs entering the competition must also have a suitable stadium
The English Football League Championship is the highest division of the English Football League and second-highest overall in the English football league system, after the Premier League. Each year, the top finishing teams in the Championship are promoted to the Premier League, the Football League Championship, which was introduced for the 2004–05 season, was previously known as the Football League First Division, and before that was known as Division Two. The winners of the Championship receive the Football League Championship trophy, the Championship is the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world and the seventh richest division in Europe. With an average attendance for the 2015-16 season of 17,578. Bundesliga as the secondary league in the world. In the 2015–16 season, Burnley were the champions, Middlesbrough were the runners up. At present, Ipswich Town hold the longest tenure in the Championship, the total figures were aided somewhat by the presence of 24 clubs, compared to 20 clubs in both Serie A and Ligue 1, and 18 in the Bundesliga. A major factor to the success comes from television revenue. On 30 September 2009, Coca-Cola announced they would end their deal with The Football League at the end of the 2009–10 season. On 18 July 2013, UK bookmaker Sky Bet announced that signed a 5-year agreement to sponsor the league. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, the teams are ranked in the league table by points gained, then goal difference, then goals scored and then their head-to-head record for that season. At the end of the season, the top two teams and the winner of the Championship play-offs are promoted to the Premier League and the three teams are relegated to Football League One. The Football League Championship play-offs is a competition for the teams finishing the season in third to sixth place with the winner being promoted to the Premier League. In the play-offs, the team plays against the sixth-placed team. The winners of each semi-final then compete in a match with the prize being promotion to the Premier League. From 2009 to 2012, Sky Sports had the rights to broadcast 65 live matches, the BBC had the rights to show 10 first choice live games for the regular season as well as the rights to show a highlight show. The deal is on a contract and is worth £264m that will mostly be paid by Sky. The deal included 75 live league games, all the matches,15 League Cup ties
National League South
The National League South, formerly Conference South, is one of the second divisions of the National League in England, taking its place immediately below the top division National League. Along with National League North it is at the level of the National League System. It was introduced in 2004 as part of a restructuring of the National League System. The champion team each year is promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs of the finishing in second place to fifth place. The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues, from the start of the 2015–16 season, the league is known as the National League South. The current champions are Sutton United, who finished 6 points ahead of second place, the current member club for the 2016–17 season are as follows, The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2016–17 season are listed below in capacity order, ** Not promoted. In 2004–05 only three places were available to the Conference National. The third place was decided in a Playoff at Stokes Britannia Stadium, which Eastbourne lost 2–1 to the Conference North Playoff winners, Altrincham
The competition was instigated in 1969 to cater for those non-league clubs that paid their players and were therefore not eligible to enter the FA Amateur Cup. This covers the National League, the Southern League, Isthmian League, the final of the competition was held at the original Wembley Stadium from the tournaments instigation until the stadium closed in 2000. The final has been played at the new Wembley Stadium since its opening in 2007, the record for the most FA Trophy wins is shared by Woking and two defunct clubs, Scarborough and Telford United, with three victories each. The Trophy is currently held by FC Halifax Town who beat Grimsby Town F. C. in the 2016 final, the competition was created by the Football Association in 1969 to afford semi-professional teams an opportunity to compete for the chance to play at Wembley Stadium. The first winners of the competition were Macclesfield Town of the Northern Premier League, Northern Premier League clubs dominated the first decade of the competition, with Telford United the only Southern League team to break the northern clubs hold on the competition. In the early years of its existence the competition struggled to achieve the level of prestige as the long-established Amateur Cup. In 1974 the FA abolished the distinction between official professional and amateur status and discontinued the Amateur Cup, and the Trophy soon had 300 entrants and this figure was gradually reduced until by 1991 only around 120 clubs took part. Telford Uniteds win in 1989 made them the team to win the Trophy three times. Between 1990 and 2000 three more teams claimed multiple wins, as of 2001 the competition was sponsored by Umbro, in the 2007-08 season it was sponsored by Carlsberg. The competition is a tournament with pairings drawn at random. If a match is drawn, there is a replay, usually at the ground of the team played away from home for the first game. Drawn replays are now settled with extra time and penalty shootouts, originally the competition included as many qualifying rounds as were required to reduce the number of teams to 32. In 1999 the format was amended to match that of the FA Cup, with six rounds prior to the semi-final stage, albeit without qualifying rounds. Teams from the Football Conference received byes through the early rounds, as of 2008–09 the competition featured four qualifying rounds and four rounds proper before the semi-finals. The FA pays prize money to all teams win at least one match in the Trophy competition. In the 2014-15 season the prize for the 64 preliminary round winners was £2,500, the final was traditionally held at the original Wembley Stadium, but was moved to Villa Park during Wembleys redevelopment, and a final was also played at West Ham Uniteds Boleyn Ground. In 2007 the final moved to the new Wembley Stadium, Scarborough, Telford United, and Woking share the record for the most victories in the final. In 1985 Wealdstone became the first team to win the Non-League Double of FA Trophy, since then Colchester United in 1992 and Wycombe Wanderers in 1993 have equalled Wealdstones achievement
Dave Winfield (footballer)
David Thomas Dave Winfield is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a defender for National League South club Ebbsfleet United. Born in Aldershot, Hampshire, Winfield came through the ranks of the Aldershot Town youth team and was loaned out to Isthmian League Division Two club Chertsey Town in the 2004–05 season. He signed a professional contract with Aldershot on 16 July 2005. Winfield made his debut in a 3–1 home defeat to Wealdstone on 2 February 2006 and had made seven appearances when returning to Aldershot in March and he won the double with Aldershot Town, winning the Conference League Cup and Conference Premier in 2007–08. Unfortunately, an injury sustained in the Conference League Cup final against Rushden & Diamonds resulted in him missing pre-season training ahead of the Shots first season in League Two. Winfield made his Football League debut in Aldershots 2–1 defeat to Exeter City in February 2009. Winfield signed a deal for Wycombe Wanderers upon the expiry of his contract in June 2010. He made 40 appearances for Wycombe in 2010–11 as they won promotion to League One after finishing in third-place in League Two. Winfield turned down a new contract at Wycombe at the end of 2012–13, however he picked up a hamstring injury late in pre-season that delayed his availability for selection until September 2013. Following Shrewsburys relegation from to League Two, Winfield was released on 2 June 2014, following his release from Shrewsbury, Winfield joined League Two rivals York City on a two-year contract on 16 June 2014. He made his debut in a 1–0 home defeat to Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup first round on 12 August 2014, Winfield made only five appearances for York before joining their League Two rivals AFC Wimbledon on a one-month loan on 12 February 2015. He made his two days later in a 2–0 away defeat to Shrewsbury before the loan was extended in March 2015. He had made seven appearances for AFC Wimbledon when York recalled him on 19 March 2015 after an injury to Stéphane Zubar, Winfield left York after rejecting a new contract in June 2016. Winfield joined National League South club Ebbsfleet United on 9 June 2016. C
Andrew Mark Andy Drury is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ebbsfleet United. He started his career in football for Sittingbourne in 2001. He remained with the club for three seasons before signing for Conference South side Lewes in 2006, in 2008, Drury moved up a division to the Conference Premier, signing for Stevenage Borough. In 2009, Drury won the FA Trophy with the club and and he opted against signing a new contract, instead joining Conference Premier side Luton Town. He remained at Luton for half a season before his performances attracted the interest of Championship club Ipswich Town. In January 2011 he moved to Portman Road in a transfer worth £150,000 and he played in 64 games for Ipswich, alongside a loan spell at Crawley Town in League Two, before leaving in 2013 to sign for Crawley on a two-year contract. In June 2014, Drury signed for his former club Luton Town, now promoted to League Two. His second spell at the club ended my mutual consent a year early He then joined National League club Eastleigh and he started his club career at Sittingbourne, making 107 appearances before moving onto Gravesend and Northfleet. He then went on to play for Lewes before a move up a division to Stevenage, at Stevenage he won both the FA Trophy and the Conference Premier title, before making a short move to Luton Town. His performance in Lutons 2–2 FA Cup draw with Charlton Athletic, on 31 January 2011, Drury signed for Ipswich Town in a £150,000 move, signing a two-and-a-half year deal. He made his debut coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute. He made his debut the following weekend against Hull City. After the game, Drury said, He was not offered a new contract and left Ipswich in the summer of 2013, Drury joined Crawley Town as a 93-day emergency loanee on 15 September 2011. He scored on his debut for the two days later in a 3–1 victory over Bradford City. He returned to Ipswich when his loan expired, and was immediately selected for the New Year match against Nottingham Forest. Crawley Town boss Steve Evans said after the loan, The reality is despite how much I wanted him, I also think maybe his wages could have been a problem because it should not be forgotten they were heavily subsidised by Ipswich when he was on loan with us. He made his debut on the game of the season. Drurys second spell at the club never reached the heights of the first, on 14 July 2015, Drury signed for National League club Eastleigh
Myles Arthur Eugene Wesley Weston is an English-born Antiguan international footballer who plays as a left winger for Wycombe Wanderers. Weston was born in Lewisham, London and he joined the academy at Premier League side Arsenal at age 11, before moving to the academy at fellow Premier League side Charlton Athletic at age 12. Weston signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2006, after playing four games on loan for Notts County in April 2007, he was released by Charlton Athletic at the end of the 2006–07 season without ever playing for the Addicks senior team. County signed Weston on 4 July 2007 on a two-year contract and he was a prominent member of the Notts County team that season, with his electric pace and skill winning over the fans. Weston scored his first goal for Notts County in a League Cup match against Doncaster Rovers, Brentford then signed Weston after he turned down a new three-year deal at Notts County. I think hes a foolish boy, thats his choice, but hes made a mistake, Magpies chairman John Armstrong-Holmes told BBC Radio Nottingham. The transfer was completed on 2 July 2009 and he scored two goals on his Brentford debut against Carlisle United. On 17 August 2012 Weston signed for Gillingham on a two-year contract and he scored on his debut two days later against Bradford City. He was released by the club at the end of the 2013–14 season, after two seasons with the Shrimpers, he was released and subsequently signed for Wycombe Wanderers. Weston is a former England under-16 and under-17 international where he was a mate of Theo Walcott. In August 2011, Weston was called up to the Antigua national team for World Cup 2014 qualifiers, Weston was called up a second time in 2012, but again declined due to having just signed for Gillingham. In November 2014 he was called up for the team for the 2014 Caribbean Cup. He made his debut on 12 November in the group match against Haiti scoring the teams first goal in a 2–2 draw. Score and result list Antigua and Barbudas goal tally first, myles Weston at Soccerbase England FA profile
Jack Payne (footballer, born 1991)
Jack Stephen Payne is an English footballer who plays for Blackpool. He made his debut for Gillingham in a League Two match against Chester City on 25 October 2008 and he was voted Young Player of the Year for Gillingham at the end of the 2008–09 season. Paynes form created interest from then Championship side Reading however no offer was ever lodged, Payne then signed a two-year extension to keep him at the club until 2015. In January 2013, Payne signed on loan for Peterborough United until the end of the season, Payne had been due to sign for the Posh in the summer of 2012, however the deal fell through. He eventually joined the club the following summer, on 1 September 2015, Payne went on a season-long loan to League Two club Leyton Orient, with an option for a permanent deal. In August 2016 he signed for Blackpool on a one-year deal
Sean Patrick Shields is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ebbsfleet United. Shields started his career in the system at Tottenham Hotpsur. He then joined Isthmian League side Potters Bar Town, where he was spotted by Football Conference side Rushden & Diamonds as a 16-year-old and was offered a trial at Nene Park. He was offered apprentice terms at the club, scoring 18 goals in his first season with the youth side and he made his first team debut on 12 October 2009 as a 17-year-old, against Daventry United in the Northamptonshire Senior Cup. In March 2010, he decided to leave the Diamonds and re-joined Potters Bar Town for a brief spell until the end of the season. In October 2010, he joined Conference South side St Albans City on a contract after a trial period with the club. Shields broke into the first team during the 2010–11 season after a string of performances in the reserve side. However, he could not stop the club from relegation to the Southern Football League Premier Division in the summer of 2011, Shields went on to make a total of 92 appearances for the Saints, scoring 21 goals, in all competitions. On 9 January 2013, he joined Football League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on a contract until June 2016. He made his debut on 26 January 2013, in the 2–1 league defeat to Morecambe and it proved to be his only appearance of the campaign for the Daggers. Shields, started the 2013–14 season as a player, making his first league start for Dagenham in a 1–1 draw with Chesterfield. In his first full season with the club he made thirteen appearances, in October 2014 his loan was extended for a further month after an anonymous St Albans fan funded the deal, having been impressed with his form. In November 2014, he returned to Dagenham having scored five goals in sixteen appearances in all competitions,13 of which were starts, in December 2014 he moved out on loan again to the Conference South, signing for Ebbsfleet United on a one-month loan deal. It didnt take him long to get off the mark, as On Boxing Day 2014 and it came in an impressive 5-1 away victory over Chelmsford City and came by means of a delicate 20 yard lob over the goalkeeper and opposition defender on the goal-line. In January 2015, his contract at Dagenham was cancelled by mutual consent and he immediately returned to Ebbsfleet on a permanent deal, signing an eighteen-month contract. After suffering an injury during the final week of pre season in July 2015. Consequently, on 2 October 2015, Shields joined Chelmsford City on a loan deal from Ebbsfleet United. On 3 December 2015 Shields signed a loan deal at Margate under Terry Brown
Danny Mills (footballer, born 1991)
Daniel Paul Danny Mills is an English footballer who plays for Whitehawk as a striker. Born in Croydon, London, Mills started his career with the Croydon FC youth system in 2007 before signing for Conference National club Crawley Town in 2008. Mills scored 26 goals in 2008-2009 for Crawleys youth team and made two appearances as a substitute, earning a trial at Glasgow Rangers and a £15,000 move to Peterborough United. He made his Diamonds debut in an FA Cup tie at Workington on 24 October 2009, Mills made his Peterborough United debut in a Championship fixture against Barnsley on 5 April 2010, which ended in a 2–2 draw and confirmed The Poshs relegation. Following the result Mills spoke of his delight at scoring his first goal for Histon, Mills was re-called from his loan to Histon on 3 January 2011 and on 15 February 2011 joined Kettering Town on loan until the end of the season. Mills was then reunited with his former Kettering manager Marcus Law at Tamworth, Mills joined newly promoted Whitehawk in November 2012 and helped The Hawks to the Isthmian League Premier Division title in his first season at the Enclosed Ground. Mills established himself as one of the goal scorers in Conference South the following year. Mills finished the season as the top scorer, with 21 goals in all competitions. Mills scored a further 18 league goals in 2014-2015 as well as the goal at the Amex in a 5-0 Sussex Senior Cup Final win over Lewes on 16 May 2015. In the summer of 2015, he signed a further contract with Whitehawk. In a 2-4 defeat at Truro City on 25 March 2017, Mills is a Crystal Palace supporter
Lawrie Robert Wilson is an English footballer who currently plays for Bolton Wanderers. Wilson started his career at Charlton Athletic, and played regularly for the clubs Under-18 side and he joined Colchester United ahead of the 2006–07 season, but did not make any first-team appearances during his one-year stay with the club. During his time at Colchester he was loaned out to Conference South side Welling United, Wilson signed for Hertfordshire side Stevenage in August 2007, and featured regularly for the club for two seasons, playing in the clubs successful FA Trophy campaign in May 2009. Wilson played a key part during the clubs 2010–11 campaign, helping Stevenage earn promotion to League One, in July 2012, Wilson rejoined Charlton for an undisclosed fee. On 5 August 2015 he signed for Bolton Wanderers on a two-year deal, Wilson began his career as a trainee with Charlton Athletic, and was a regular in the clubs Under-18 team, where he played in defence. However, he failed to make any appearances and was subsequently allowed to search for a new club. In February 2006, he played for Luton Towns reserve side in a match against Stevenage Borough reserves at Kenilworth Road and he was officially released by Charlton in April 2006. In August 2006, Wilson signed a deal with Colchester United. He was loaned out to Conference South side Welling United in December 2006 and he made his debut for Welling in the clubs 1–0 win away at Cambridge City, but was sent-off after just 27 minutes for violent conduct. He returned to action in Wellings 0–0 draw against Basingstoke Town in the FA Trophy. Wilson played his last game for Welling in the clubs 2–0 win at home to Fisher Athletic in early January 2007 and he played a total of four times for Welling during his one-month loan spell at the club. On returning to his parent club, Wilson was released at the end of the 2006–07 season, in August 2007, Wilson signed for Stevenage on a one-year contract. He made his Stevenage debut just a day after signing for the club, Wilson played in a total of 27 games during his first season at Stevenage, with the majority of his appearances coming in the second half of 2007–08 season. The following season under the new management of Graham Westley, Wilson featured regularly in both the back position and at right midfield. He made assists in games against Burton Albion and Forest Green Rovers respectively and he was also sent-off for the first time in Stevenage colours in the clubs 3–1 home defeat to Histon in November 2008, picking up the red card for offensive language. He subsequently played in both of Stevenages Conference Premier play-off games against Cambridge United in April 2009, as the club lost 4–3 on aggregate. Wilsons versatility also came into use during the clubs successful FA Trophy campaign during the same season and he was deployed at left midfield in Stevenages 2–0 win against York City in the Final at Wembley Stadium. Wilson started in Stevenages first game of the 2009–10 season in a 1–1 draw against Tamworth, in the same game, Wilson scored his first goal of the season, latching onto Ronnie Henrys ball before lashing the ball past the goalkeeper to give Stevenage a three-goal lead