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Non-League Football At Carshalton AFC Restoring Some Sanity After Crazy Week For Brentford


Some weeks in football terms are best forgotten. Simply a bad week in the life of Brentford football club. A free saturday afternoon meant that I could go in search of a non league football game that might restore my sanity and belief in football as a game.

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My first choice for a game is nearly always Carshalton Athletic who play in the Ryman South league and are assembling a young and enthusiastic side who are not paid the kind of excessive wages that some non league sides have resorted to in an attempt to buy success. Their season is a good one so far and they sit on the edges of the play off positions.

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The ground is on the outskirts of Carshalton with a decent amount of parking at the ground. The terracing would grace many lower league grounds and a crowd of 257 gave a decent atmosphere.

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The first thing  one notices is that it is easy to walk around the whole ground so you not trapped in one zone all game. The food is generally better quality than league grounds and generally cheaper. One also has to mention the 3G pitch of which I am a fan and the ability of games to go ahead in often highly inclement weather.

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The football played could be described as robust, a few tackles flying in which on a different day might have led to a few yellow and red cards. But the game and the result mattered to the 22 players out there. The physique and fitness may not be a league standard but these guys ran, well mostly, for 90 minutes.

Local builders did not seem to be doing much building during the game from their high perch behind the goal.

1K4A5586c.JPGAway support at this level is varied but I had an excellent conversation with the seemingly sole South Park fan standing behind the goal.

1K4A5609.JPGPeople come for different reasons and many nowadays bring cameras, including myself, and some excellent photos end up online post match.

1K4A5590.JPGThis football is real, played by amateurs and watched by genuine football fans who in many cases have followed their clubs for years or even decades. Those fans who only watch league football at higher echelons could do worse than spend around 10£ or sometimes less to occasionally watch non league football. It does restore your belief that football is a game, that fans of all teams can stand together and chat, and that the complaints over the referee and officials do not stop at a league level!

As a photographer I also enjoy the ability to bring my camera in and get all kinds of photos from different angles that would never be possible at a league game.

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Carshalton 1 South Park 1. Ryman South. Photos


With all the insanity that surrounds professional football it made a nice change to watch a competitive if somewhat bad tempered affair at the lovely War Memorial Ground in Carshalton. There are ample match reports on this game so I will suffice to say that a penalty in the first 5 minutes by Carshalton was matched by an equaliser in almost the final minute. South Park also found time in the first half to have a penalty saved by the impressive Luke Colquhoun.

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Here is the story of the game in photographic terms. Enjoy.

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Carshalton 0 Leighton Town 2 – Photos


A decent enough game with Carshalton unfortunate to lose this game with an own goal followed by a poor piece of goalkeeping. They then created enough chances to have at least drawn the game but luck was not on their side. Leighton looked the more physical experienced side and maybe that was what Carshalton lacked. They also had a scary goalkeeper , Sam Mazurek and a physical centre forward, Alex Woodbine. There already is an excellent match report from  Chris Blanchard which can be accessed here, so enough about the game.

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/carshaltonafc/teams/109282/match-centre/0-3132424

An unfortunate own goal Carshalton v Leighton  by Bobby Price

An unfortunate own goal Carshalton v Leighton by Bobby Price

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

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Sam Mazurek Leighton Goalkeeper saves.Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Adriano Moraes. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Adriano Moraes. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

 Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015


Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Adriano Moraes. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Adriano Moraes. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

 Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Sam Muzarek punches clear.Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Sam Muzarek punches clear.Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Sam Muzarek

Sam Muzarek

Alex Woodfine. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Alex Woodfine. Carshalton v Leighton FA Trophy 2015

Carshalton 0 Hythe Town 3


There are plenty of better match reports so I will leave you with the photos only. The game was an incredibly photogenic game with more jumping and lunging than I recall from most games. The result speaks for itself. Three decent goals. I remain confused about the goalkeepers position for the first goal. Excellent day out. Carshalton can be really recommended as a great club to go and watch football at.

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Sam Conlon scores for Hythe past Jack Eden of Carshalton

Sam Conlon scores for Hythe past Jack Eden of Carshalton

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Carshalton 1 Bognor Regis 3


The last time I saw Bognor play it was versus Wycombe in the days that Wycombe were non league and the game was important. Maybe Ryman or Ishmian league? Not sure but a long time ago. Today it was great that any football could be played and the pitch was in decent condition considering. A crowd of around 250 turned up and saw an interesting game. Both teams had female physios and that made for a few interesting chants during and after the game.  Bognor had the edge in most of the game, though lost interest in the last 20 minutes. What however swung this game were the two Carshalton sendings off. The first one Adriano Moraes after 30 minutes and the second one, Niall McManus around 90 minutes. The first red card was by all accounts for some direct contact to the face , punch or push, but the second one was more curious as was a second yellow given for jumping in front of the keeper when taking a kick from the goalmouth. I was at a loss to understand this at all. Despite this the game was end to end and the score flatters Bognor. The sun decided to go away as the game kicked off and the light was fairly dreadful all game, so photography was complex to say the least but a few momentos of the game are here.

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Kingsley Aikhionbare

Bobby Price

Bobby Price

Bognor players thanking their away fans

Bognor players thanking their away fans

Ben Godfrey scores for bognor

Ben Godfrey scores for bognor

Kingsley Aikhionbare is having a little nap before the corner is taken. Why not?

Kingsley Aikhionbare is having a little nap before the corner is taken. Why not?

Rachel Rees. Physio at Bognor

Rachel Rees. Physio at Bognor

Rachel Rees. Physio at Bognor

Rachel Rees. Physio at Bognor

Tommy Bradford. Big jump for a little guy

Tommy Bradford. Big jump for a little guy

Lewis Taylor

Lewis Taylor

Anthony Moore the referee checking James Crane is fine

Anthony Moore the referee checking James Crane is fine

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Charlie McCarthy

Charlie McCarthy

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Lewis Taylor scoes a great penalty

Lewis Taylor scoes a great penalty

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Carshalton Athletic. Sad Times


To give some context, I am a Brentford supporter of almost 50 years who until recently travelled both home and away. Recently this has changed and on a number of saturdays in the season I go to local non-league games and photograph them. As such I have visited Walton , Met Police, Tooting and Carshalton, amongst others. Without any doubt the most friendly welcome has been at Carshalton. Not only has the club been kind enough to allow me in and use my photographs but the general football enjoyment has been very high. We are not watching Pele or Messi but are watching a group of motivated and for many of them talented players. Behind all this has rumbled dissatisfaction with management and owners, not totally unlike what happens at many clubs to be frank. But this has gone in my opinion too far. Last season a group of ” fans” thrust leaflets at fans coming to games and indeed boycotted games and this season the personal abuse that has been visible to any watcher on Twitter has been unacceptable in my view.  I do not pretend to know all the facts and in fact why should I. I do not fund nor run this club, but merely turn up 6 times a season and enjoy my saturday. In fact the game versus Billericay was the single football game I have enjoyed the most this season. But now things have turned very dark, unacceptably so. Last week there was managerial change, again for reasons not fully known to me but the club made a decision and that is that. The team then were losing 5-0 at half time away at a good Ryman Premier team, Lowestoft and since then I have followed a string of tweets that lead me to writing these short opinions. It would seem that some fans who travelled were abusive over and beyond what is acceptable. This below comes from the Carshalton AFC website verbatim and I would encourage anyone to follow this story on there.

I will make only one comment. At some stage if fans become so negative that they harm their club, they cease being fans. Personal abuse against anyone in non-league football is not acceptable. This is a game and not a business at this level. It is here to be enjoyed. My own view is that I have always enjoyed watching Carshalton and would regard myself as a supporter now. These events are sad and need to end now.

 

http://www.carshaltonathletic.co.uk/cafc2011/firstteam.asp

 

Below is what is written on the website above

On Saturday evening Ian Hazel rang to tell me of the abuse he was subjected to, by a small number of people, claiming to be Carshalton Fans, who stood behind the dugout during the game against Lowestoft.

 

Ian rang again on Sunday morning and explained how he had discussed the situation with his family and was  not prepared to continue. I asked him to think about it over night.

There have been various discussions during the day including with Paul Williams and myself. Clare Dipre and Kelly Anscomb also met with Ian when the effects of of the abuse became clearer. This evening Ian wrote to me by email including a statement:

“Having been a player , coach ,manager & supporter of Carshalton Athletic i have no choice after being asked to manage the 1st team to step down after Saturdays disgraceful scenes .

I will not stand there and listen to the abuse that was aimed at myself as it was on Saturday. There was no need for it and it was vile , obscene & personal and was not very nice for not only myself but staff and the group of young players we have at the club.

I do not believe anyone should be subjected to this and i certainly will not just sit there and take it. I will however stand in temporary for 3 weeks or sooner to enable the club to find the right person to take the club forward .

I  feel i have been very loyal to Carshalton Athletic and have worked hard for 7 years where others have just walked away including numerous players last week.. I have had to step in 4 times as Manager as a caretaker before to enable the club to find the right person.

It is a big shame to have made this decision as i feel as an ex professional footballer , ex manager of 6 non league clubs , ex Premier League Academy coach & UEFA “A” Licence coach i am  sure my experience and knowledge would have only benefited the club long term.I know all the players from Under 18s to 1st team and given time would have got the right blend of youth & experience  .”

The club has no choice but to accept his position and I have apologised to Ian on behalf of the club.

In my opinion, the events of Saturday were unacceptable on every level.

There was absolutely no reason for Ian to be the target of anything. He was committed to making a success of the first team and just wanted to get on with the job.

It appears that the sole purpose of the abuse was to try to make Ian resign in order to damage the first team and the club. To that extent it has succeeded.

Two well known individuals have been named by on-looking Carshalton fans as those responsible for the alleged abuse. The club will be investigating the incident.

Ian is, and will remain to be, an integral part of the club. I do hope for the next three games the fans can show Ian the overwhelming support he deserves and enjoys from every part of the club.

The club wish to stress that the allegations of abuse apply only to a maximum of two people.

 

Paul Dipre

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Carshalton 1 Billericay Town 0


An entertaining Ryman premier league game that saw Carshalton win their first home game of the season. the reality of the game was that in the first half Carshalton should have been at least 3-0 up and that in the second half Billericay should have scored. That they did not says much about the staunch defending from Carshalton combined with excellent usage of the substitutes. This is a young Carshalton team and they will improve.  From the photos I leave it you to count the number of impressive kung-fu moves in the penalty area and in the whole series of photos there were plenty of shirt pulling episodes, all missed by the referee and his team.  Carshalton is friendly place to watch football and the football played yesterday was actually exceptional at this standard by both teams.  Good movement off the ball, intelligent running and some decent tacking too.  Players who really impressed yesterday included Kieran Woodley, number 11 who scored a decent goal and tommy Bradford number 7 who never stopped running all afternoon.  Maybe the oddest thing though is that man of the match would have to go to the Billericay goalkeeper Billy Lumley. Great saves throughout.  Game stayed interesting right until the end when Ricky Sappleton was sent off for two yellow cards around 10 seconds before fulltime.

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