Match Of The Week: Haringey Borough 2-4 Wingate & Finchley

The new season continues to loom large on the horizon, and pre-season friendlies are a chance for clubs to try out their new signings ahead of the season proper starting. Non-League Day’s Mike Bayly went to see two clubs from the bottom of football’s food chain in their preparations for the new season. The London Borough of Haringey was recently named as the thirteenth most deprived area in England. Many of its residents eke out an existence on benefits, in a district plagued by gang problems and violent crime. A few years ago, a local councillor took up the case of an elderly disabled woman whose council owned property had remained virtually untouched since the 1940s; despite promises from the local authorities, she had spent years without a bathroom in the flat. It is unknown how many other properties in the area have witnessed the same neglect. Haringey’s most impoverished area is usually reckoned to be Northumberland Park, near Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane ground, which has the highest proportion of working age adults claiming out of work benefits of any ward in London. It is a stark contrast to the opulence seeping through the cracks of Spurs’ skyline dominating stadium, which draws – or certainly drew – its fan base from this poverty stricken borough. Over the last two seasons, the club have spent over £100M on transfer...

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