News - May 2013

Wednesday 29 May - Twitter Titters price drop

The price for both editions of Twitter Titters has been reduced, and will now be retailing at 99p (or $1:49 in the USA).

To order the books, please go to our eBooks page on the left hand menu.

Posted at 20:00

Tuesday 28 May - Price freeze for 2013-14 season

We are pleased to announce that admission and season ticket prices for the new season have been frozen and will remain at current levels.

This means that the season tickets represent even better value than last season as we will be playing two extra home league games.

Admission prices therefore remain at £10 adults, £5 senior citizens (over 60) & students, and free for under 16's. Prices may vary for cup-ties, and we will announce these on a game by game basis.

Season tickets remain priced at £150 adults and £80 senior citizens (over 60) & students. This represents a discount of over 30% at both price points over the price you would pay if you paid at the gate for all 23 games.

Application forms for season tickets will be available soon, but if you are interested in buying or renewing a ticket, please email the club on and we'll forward a form to you as soon as it is available.

Posted at 18:34

Tuesday 28 May - Monday night football returns

We will be returning to Monday night football for our home midweek games this coming season. This has been confirmed with both Harrow Borough and the Ryman League. It does not include the home friendly against Chelsea U21s which will still be played on Tuesday 6th August.

Posted at 15:19

Saturday 25 May - Thurrock deducted three points

It was announced yesterday that Thurrock have been deducted three points for fielding a suspended player, and are thus relegated instead of Carshalton Athletic. The points deduction and relegation are subject to an appeal.

In a statement on the Thurrock website the club said "Today, Friday 24th May, the Chairman and Secretary of Thurrock FC met with the FA Disciplinary Committee with reference to the charge of a breach of FA Rule 10 in respect of a fixture Thurrock FC played on 25th August 2012 and fielded an alleged sine die suspended player. Unfortunately The FA Disciplinary found us guilty.

"In the meeting with the Ryman League that followed we have been deducted three points and are currently relegated to Ryman North. The decision will be appealed and we are still confident that the decision will be reversed when we present our case again."

Posted at 08:37

Friday 24 May - Friendly at Tring arranged

Another friendly has been added to the pre-season programme and we will be travelling to Tring Athletic on Saturday 13th July for a 3:00pm kick off.

Posted at 11:16

Friday 24 May - Alteration to friendlies

We have a change of opponents on Saturday 27th July, and we will now travel to Marlow for a 3:00pm kick off. This replaces the previously planned game against Merstham.

Posted at 09:53

Wednesday 22 May - Dermot Drummy to bring Chelsea youngsters

We are pleased to announce that former Hendon favourite Dermot Drummy will be bringing the Chelsea U21 side to Earlsmead for a pre-season friendly. The game has been arranged for Tuesday 6th August, kick off at 7.45pm.

Dermot joined the club at the beginning of the 1980-81 season, and was with the club for most of the decade, just having a spell away in the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. He made 348 appearances, scoring 62 goals. We are delighted that he will be bringing the Chelsea youngsters to Earlsmead for what is likely to be our final friendly before the league season starts four days later.

Admission charges for this game will be announced much nearer the time.

Posted at 13:25

Wednesday 22 May - Further friendlies arranged

As well as the trip to Cheshunt already announced, we are now able to confirm some more pre-season friendlies.

On Tuesday 16th July we will play Conference South side Maidenhead United at Barnet's training ground at The Hive. Kick off for this game will be at 7.00pm. There will be no admission charge for this game, but there is a small charge for parking on the site.

Saturday 27th July will see us travel down to Surrey to Ryman League Division One South club Merstham for a 3.00pm kick off, and then on Tuesday 30th July, we will travel into Buckinghamshire to play Burnham, who won the Evostik Southern League Central Division last season.

The final friendly arranged so far is a short trip to Northwood, who are now managed by a familiar face in Mark Burgess, and that game will take place at 3.00pm on Saturday 3rd August.

Posted at 13:24

Sunday 19 May - FA Competition dates 2013-14

The FA recently released the dates for their various competitions for the forthcoming season.

As in recent years, we will enter the FA Cup in the First Qualifying Round, which will take place on Saturday 14th September. Further dates should we progress are Second Qualifying (28th September), Third Qualifying (12th October), Fourth Qualifying (26th October) and First Round (9th November). The final will be played on 17th May, reverting to tradition as it'll be the weekend after the FA Premier League finished.

We also enter the FA Trophy in the First Qualifying Round, and this will be played on Saturday 5th October. Further dates should we progress are Second Qualifying Round (19th October), Third Qualifying Round (2nd November), First Round (23rd November), Second Round (14th December). The final will be played on Sunday 23rd March at Wembley Stadium.

Posted at 10:43

Friday 17 May - FA release club allocations for 2013-14

The FA Leagues Committee have released the club allocations for Steps 1 to 4 for the new season today.

As expected, we will be taking our place at Step 3 in the top division of the Ryman League for the 51st consecutive season.

Coming down from Step 2 from Conference South are Billericay Town and AFC Hornchurch, who both make an immediate return after just one season at the higher level.

Promoted from Step 4 are Thamesmead Town and Grays Athletic from Division One North, and Maidstone United and Dulwich Hamlet from Division One South. This means that the only side we play next season that we've never faced in the league before are Thamesmead.

This means, with 6 clubs coming in, and just Whitehawk, Concord Rangers (both promoted), and Carshalton Athletic and Hastings United (both relegated) leaving the division, the league will be formed of 24 clubs next season, meaning 46 league games. The season starts on Saturday 10th August, and the regular season will end on Saturday 26th April, with play-offs taking place during the following week.

In terms of promotion and relegation at the end of the season, the champion club will be promoted, along with the winners of the play-offs (involving the clubs finishing 2nd to 5th), and four clubs will be relegated.

The full list for next season is AFC Hornchurch, Billericay Town, Bognor Regis Town, Bury Town, Canvey Island, Cray Wanderers, Dulwich Hamlet, East Thurrock United, Enfield Town, Grays Athletic, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Harrow Borough, Kingstonian, Leiston, Lewes, Lowestoft Town, Maidstone United, Margate, Metropolitan Police, Thamesmead Town, Thurrock, Wealdstone, Wingate & Finchley.

As in previous years, there are a number of issues that may yet impact on these allocations, and therefore they remain subject to change until the dates of the AGMs of the respective competitions. The Ryman League AGM takes place on Sunday 16th June.

Posted at 18:24

Wednesday 15 May - Twitter Titters - Volume 2 now available

HFCSA are pleased to announce the launch of 'Twitters Titters 2' which contains over 3000 of the funniest guffaws, rib ticklers, belly laughs, shaggy dog stories, gags and yarns found on Twitter. The list of contributors include the famous, Twitter famous, Twitter elite, Favstar favourites and genuinely funny folk. The tweets are about all sorts of topics and the only thing they have in common is they will make you laugh. Please share with your friends.

This book is for OVER-18s ONLY as it contains adult content.

As with the first edition which is still available, the book is priced at £1.99 in the UK and $2.99 in the USA and can be ordered by clicking the links below.

Please purchase the book, read it, follow the tweeters, review the book on Amazon and please, please, please spread the word.

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Posted at 06:52

Monday 06 May - End of season draw results

The end of season prize draw was made during the awards dinner on Saturday night and we now have details of the winning ticket numbers.

The winner of the 1st prize of £100 was ticket number 0976, whilst the 2nd prize of £50 was won by ticket number 0616.

There were eight 3rd prizes of £25, which were one by the holders of tickets 1285, 1126, 0603, 0489, 1036, 0531, 0492 and 1276.

The winners will be contacted by the supporters trust in the next few days.

The trust would like to thank everyone who supported the draw.

Posted at 17:59

Saturday 04 May - End of season awards

The end of season awards were announced during the celebration evening held in Watford tonight and there were a number of winners.

The Supporters Player of the Season was Berkley Laurencin, whilst Kevin Maclaren picked up both the Players Player and Management Teams Player of the Season awards. Also picking up an award was Howard Hall, who was named most improved player. Further to that, both Scott Cousins and Kevin Maclaren picked up awards for reaching 200 appearances for the club during the season.

The Supporters Association made two special awards to both Geraldine Clarke and Bernard Lawrence, both of whom have been a very important part of the matchday staff for many years. The Supporter of the Year award went to Mike Hogan, who has also been a very important part of the club for so many years.

Simon Lawrence awarded his chairman's award to Bryan Roberts, who is yet another volunteer who works tirelessly behind the scenes, both on matchdays and as co-chairman of the Supporters Trust.

Finally, a special award was made by the Supporters Trust to Graham Etchell, to mark 20 years with the club. There was also a present for his wife, Lyn, who looks after the boardroom on matchdays.

Posted at 23:26

Friday 03 May - Wycombe reward Angol and Morias

We were delighted to hear yesterday that Wycombe Wanderers have offered Lee Angol a new one-year contract for next season. Also, the Chairboys have taken up their option to keep Junior Morias at the club until the end of next season.

We are very pleased for both players, who had such a wonderful impact during February and March this season, and we know that they both have very bright futures ahead of them.

Also, Jack Connors has been offered a one-year contract by Dagenham & Redbridge, and again we are delighted that his efforts have been recognised by his parent club.

Everyone at the club will be following the progress of all three players, and we wish them all every success for the future.

Posted at 09:21

Wednesday 01 May - First friendly arranged

Despite the fact the season only finished on Saturday afternoon, preparations are already being put in place for the new season.

The league season will start on Saturday 10th August, but in the meantime our first pre-season friendly has been arranged, and sees us make the short trip to Cheshunt on Saturday 20th July, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Further friendlies will be announced as and when they are confirmed.

Posted at 23:04