Tag: Wingate & Finchley

That Was The Weekend That Was: Red Cards & Rafa

It was, according to its website, the first time that this had happened in the one hundred eight years of the history of the Isthmian League. This afternoon at The Harry Abrahams Stadium in Finchley, North London, a match in its Premier Division between Wingate & Finchley and Thurrock was abandoned with five minutes to play, after the home side had five players sent off. The match was an important one, in its own way. With the home side fifth from bottom in the table and the visitors in second from bottom place – but, due to a run of postponements, with between three and eight games in hand on the teams clustered around them at the foot of the table – there were important points at stake for two clubs looking to avoid the drop into the further regionalised North and South divisions below them. What was, perhaps, more remarkable about this happening than anything else was the speed with which it played out. Wingate & Finchley lost their five players in the space of twenty-five minutes in the second half, with the referee only being compelled to call the match off with eight minutes left to play. All the more extraordinary – and this is something that the management might want to take some solace from on what was otherwise a car crash of a day –...

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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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