A couple of dates for the diary

We have some big dates coming up the week after next (w/c 21 March).

On Monday 21 March we have the Wealdstone Club AGM. This year I expect this should be a reasonably quick affair following a year of consolidation but all are welcome to come and ask questions and find out what is happening.

On Wednesday 23 March the reserves play Harrow Borough in the Middlesex County Premier Cup Final at Harefield

On Thursday 24 March we welcome World Cup referee Graham Poll as guest speaker at a dinner, which will again by hosted by the excellent Rob Nothman (who it was great to see at Aveley yesterday). Tickets still available and I am sure it will be a great night. Someone told me yesterday just what a good speaker Graham is, so looking forward to that.

And either side of these events we have Folkestone at home on Saturday and Tonbridge away the following week.

Lots happening!

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12 and counting

Another scrappy win yesterday at Aveley. No disrespect to Aveley but it is a tough place to go with the ball bouncing on an uneven place with so little atmosphere. “Win ugly” seems to be the phrase of the day.

So if I’ve counted right that’s 9 wins and 3 draws since last losing against Margate back in January. Can we keep it going? Let’s hope so – only another 9 league games to go and with so many clubs covered by so few points anything can happen.

Another challenge for us will be to keep two fit strikers. With Jolls and Kieron Knight returning to their parent clubs we’ve seen Joe Benjamin impress against Sutton and then get injured, Gavin Massey signs on loan from Watford and then gets a hamstring problem, Scott Fitzgerald almost certainly out for the season and Callum is fragile at the best of times. Not many midweek games helps though. Let’s hope Peter Dean stays fit at least!

Looking forward to Folkestone next week.

A must read

Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett, together with WFC supporter Roger Slater (author of the Club’s History) have published Gordon’s autobiography “Off the Bench.

We got our copy of on the day it came out (when the Cray game was cancelled a fortnight ago) but since then my daughter Daisy has been reading it, which is not bad considering she typically doesn’t read books! Yesterday she said that I could have it now that she has finished though she did admit to only starting halfway through the Wealdstone years.

It’s obviously quite a feat for a non league manager to publish an autobiography and no doubt if anyone deserves to tell the story of his career then Gordon does. Let’s hope there are a few more chapters to write still.

I suspect that this book will get some really good media coverage and I’ve tried to attach a copy of the article that appeared in the Watford programme yesterday. Off The Bench Watford prog

So although I haven’t yet read it others are telling me it’s a great read so order your copy from the Wealdstone Megastore now.