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At a meeting of the Football Association Leagues Committee held yesterday at Wembley Stadium, the Final Report from the Step 5/6 Review Group, containing a number of recommendations was considered.

By way of background, the Review Group was established by the Leagues Committee in 2011 to look at a possible reduction in the number of Step 5 divisions from 14 to 12 for the commencement of season 2013/2014. Following an initial meeting with all competitions in July 2011 there followed an extensive consultation period during which all Step 5/6 competitions were met on an individual basis to seek their views on this matter.

The initial remit of the Group was altered to take into account the feedback from these meetings. In the early part of 2012 the Group held a series of meetings to which all Step 5 leagues, their member clubs and County Football Associations were invited to consider the suggestion for change.

As a result of these meetings the Review Group, taking into account both the feedback from the discussions and correspondence received, complied their Final Report and the following recommendations were agreed by the Leagues Committee yesterday...

That the process of reducing Step 5 leagues from 14 to 12 was deemed unworkable and the initial suggestion withdrawn.

That, in order to continue to compete at Step 5 of the National League System, ALL clubs must meet the National Ground Grading Category F in FULL by 31 March 2013. Clubs that do not meet these requirements WILL be relegated to an appropriate Step 6 division/competition.

In addition all Leagues must fully comply with the Regulations for the Establishment and Operation of the National League System, Standardised Rules and National Ground Grading Document.

That all Step 5 divisions must have a minimum of 20 clubs with a maximum of 22 clubs from the commencement of season 2013/2014.

That the Leagues Committee would, in future, in conjunction with the appropriate leagues, manage the promotion/relegation process between Step 5 and Step 6 and that as from the end of season 2012/2013 clubs would be placed into “feeder pools” and allocated the most appropriate geographical division.

That, with effect from Season 2013/2014, the Premier Divisions of the Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Football Leagues (Step 3) be increased to 24 clubs.

That, with effect from Season 2013/2014 and in order to create 14 relegation places at Step 4, the Isthmian League Division 1 North and Division 1 South (Step 4) be increased to 24 clubs with each relegating 3 clubs to Step 5, subject to any club issues arising during or after the completion of the playing season. It was noted that the Northern Premier and Southern Leagues have no desire to increase to 24 clubs for their Step 4 divisions. This will mean that a number of additional clubs will be given the opportunity to be promoted from Step 5 to Step 4 for season 2013/2014, the process is to be agreed.

In future seasons, to stimulate promotion, consideration would be given to clubs that finish in 1st, 2nd or 3rd positions in Step 5 competitions provided that they meet the entry criteria for Step 4. There would, however, be only one club promoted from any Step 5 competition in any season. In addition, it was agreed that at the conclusion of Season 2012/2013 the clubs finishing in bottom position in each of the Step 4 divisions would be relegated.

It was further agreed that discussions should take place with all leagues to look at the possibility that, regardless of any vacancies occurring, the club finishing in the bottom positions in divisions at Steps 1 to 5 of the National League System will be relegated.

That there remained issues to be addressed at Step 6, not least in the Essex area, and these will be progressed in the coming months.

Review Group wished to place on record their thanks to all those leagues, clubs, County Football Associations and others that had contributed in any way to the consultation process.

> Mike Appleby


It has most certainly been our best ever year whilst in the Spartan South Midlands League

62 Competitive games were played (32 this season 29 last)

33 were won (21 this season 12 Last); 10 drawn (4 this season 6 last); 19 lost (8 this season 11 last)

We scored 131 goals 80 this season) and conceded 93 (49 this season)

We kept 15 clean sheets (9 this season, 6 last)

We failed to score on 9 occasions (2 this season – both Cup games – 7 last)

We have scored a goal or more in every one of this seasons 21 League games

6 goals is our highest individual score – at Berkhamsted in this seasons League Challenge Trophy

5 goals is the most we have conceded – at Hanwell Town last season 




As from 3rd September, PETER THEORI has taken over as Assistant Manager in place of Frank Fuschillo to whom the Club extends its appreciation for his past hard work on the Club's behalf




TOM LOIZOU will be at the helm for another season and FRANK FUSCHILLO will continue as Assistant Manager


Tom will be assisted by three new Coaches this season: –


PETER THEORI who was with the Club back in 2004/05  

DAVE CUMBERBATCH who was Assistant Manager at from 2001 to 2003

JOHNNY FITSIOU also, like Peter, a Leyton Orient Coach.




Five matches, all at Coles Park, with four of them against Ryman League opposition have been arranged.    A sixth is in the pipeline.

Details can be found on the "Fixtures & Results" page.


No surprises in the Premier Division Constitution for 2011/12.       No relegation from Step 4 so Chalfont St. Peters promotion reduces the number of teams to the preferred figure of 22 without further adjustment.    From Division One the top two - BERKHAMSTED  and  AFC DUNSTABLE are promoted to replace relegated Kentish Town and Langford.   The constitution is subject to final ratification at the League AGM on 18th June



The Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division will commence on Saturday 13thAugust.   The Extra preliminary Round of the FA Cup will be on 20th August.





As Cray Wanderers are required to play a Kent County Cup match on 21st December  our scheduled away game with them in the next round of the London Senior Cup has been postponed.   New date not yet known.



SZILARD KANTAR of “JUST4KEEPERS” has joined the Club as Goalkeeping Coach.       Check out more about the organization from our SPONSORS or LINKS Sections


Borough enjoyed favourable draws in both the League Trophy and the Premier Division Cup

In the TROPHY they could go to the quarter final without leaving Coles Park.  Their First Round opponents will be AMPTHILL TOWN of Division One.  Success would bring a visit from either DUNSTABLE TOWN (Premier Division) or PITSTONE and IVINGHOE (Division 2) and if they reach the Third Round their visitors would be THE 61FC (Division 2) or HAREFIELD UNITED (Premier Division) or PADBURY UNITED (Division 2).  Any Quarter Final or Semi Final tie would be away from home.

In the PREMIER DIVISION CUP they will be visited by ST. MARGARETSBURY in the First Round.   Success would see any further games away from home - at either BIGGLESWADE UNITED or BROXBOURNE BOROUGH in the second round  and at LANGFORD or KENTISH TOWN in the Quarter Final.  A Semi final tie would be away from home. 



The Spartan League Fixtures for August have been issued.   Borough start with a home game against DUNSTABLE TOWN on Saturday 7th August.    The full list is available from the "Fixtures & Results" option on the left.    Details of Borough's draws in the early rounds of the FA Cup and FA Vase are also shown there

This season, Borough will be playing 44 League matches.     STOTFOLD have been switched sidewys from the United Counties League.   AYLESBURY UNITED (who play in Leighton Buzzard) have been relegated from the Zamaretto League.  HOLMER GREEN and HADLEY have been promoted from Division One.      Leaving the Premier Division are Aylesbury (promoted to the Zamaretto League) WELWYN GARDEN CITY (relegated to Division One) and BRIMSDDOWN ROVERS (merged with Enfield 1893 to play in the Essex Senior League)


PLANS FOR 2010/11

Preparations for next season are now well advanced


TOM LOIZOU will continue as the Team Manager

FRANK FUSCHILLO will continue as Assistant Manager

ASA SANDERSON will continue as  Coach

DARREN COON will continue as Physio


NEW PLAYERS     -   It has been decided NOT to hold any  “OPEN TRIALS” this season.


But players  WHO HAVE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF PLAYING AT STEP 5 (OR ABOVE) OF THE PYRAMID  are invited to send their cv to the Club for consideration  - by e-mail to ClubSecretary@haringeyboroughfc.com.     


LAST SEASONS  SQUAD  - Players registered with the Club at the end of last season should note that pre-season training will commence on Thursday 8th July and should assemble at Coles  Park at 7pm sharp


 The  Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League will  run with 23 teams in 2010/11 as the FA have authorised the request of STOTFOLD FC to move sideways in the Pyramid from the United Counties League. Apart from that it is the usual promotion and relegation alterations with AYLESBURY UNITED (who play in Leighton Buzzard) relegated from the Zamaretto league to replace last seasons Champions, Aylesbury.   HOLMER GREEN and HADLEY are promoted from Division One to replace Brimsdown Rovers and Welwyn Garden City 




...........HIGHEST FINISH SINCE 2001/02

Despite losing the 2 final games Borough still held on to 15th place in the 2009/10 table.   

Borough’s campaign ended with them having played 50 Competitive games of which 14 were won,  9 drawn and 27 lost.  73 players were used.    75 goals were scored  and 97 conceded.     Charles Douse made the most appearances (42) with Bosun Adebaki and Billy Haspineall both one behind.   Lloyd Opara was top scorer with 19 from 35 games while Adam Scotcher netted 10 from just 12 matches.


Tom  secured the assistance of DARREN COON as Physio (September).

ASA SANDERSON joined the Coaching staff in January

FRANK FUSCILLO became Assistant Manager in March

The Club is sorry to have lost the services of Assistant Manager/Coach PAUL McGIVENwho has secured a position with WEST HAM UNITED.     We are grateful to Paul for his relatively brief but important contribution to our cause at a time of considerable need and wish him well in his future career.
Steps are now  in hand for the appointment of a new Coach
                2009/10 CONSTITUTION ANNOUNCED
The Constitution was ratified at the League AGM on 20th June and the 21 teams Borough will be facing are:-
Aylesbury     Biggleswade United    Brimsdown Rovers    Broxbourne Borough V & E     Chalfont St. Peter    Colney Heath   
Dunstable Town    Hanwell Town   Harefield United    Hatfield Town    Hertford Town    Hillingdon Borough      Kentish Town   
Kingsbury London Tigers      Langford      Leverstock Green    
Oxhey Jets     Royston Town    St. Margaretsbury    Tring Athletic   
Welwyn Garden City
The First League game will be on Saturday August 8th at home to Welwyn Garden City
               LATE RUN  BRINGS SAFETY
A draw followed by 3 wins from the last four matches of the season ensured that Borough will continue to ply their trade at Step 5 in the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League as their last game of the season - a 1-0 home win against Cockfosters means that they have finished above them uin 118th position  and also above Holmer Green and Kentish Town who are still contesting the wooden spoon - Town must avoid defeat against Kingsbury London Tigers in their final game if they are to avoid it.
                             TOM LOIZOU  has today (24th March 2009) been installed as the Club’s new FIRST TEAM MANAGER following last weeks parting of the ways with Allan Fenn whose achievement in guiding the Club back to Premier Division status at the first attempt following relegation at the end of season 2006/07 while also winning the First Division knock-out Cup will ensure his time at the Club is remembered as a successful tenure.  


Tom is a UEFA “A” Licence holder and brings to the Club a a wealth of experience gained over a long period in management mostly at a higher level.     Following a spell as Youth and Reserve Team Manager at Leyton Orient he was Caretaker Manager of that League Club’s First Team for a while and Director of their Centre of Excellence  before moving on to Crown & Manor to run their International Soccer Academy.   Managerial spells at Cheshunt, Enfield, Leyton and finally a second spell at Cheshunt when they were a Level 3 Club followed.  


Tom brings with him trusted lieutenants in Charlie Douse and Paul McGiven who will be Assistant Managers with Charlie also taking the role of First Team Scout and Paul that of First Team Coach.       


The new Management will take charge of the team for the first time at this coming Thursday’s visit to Hertford Town and their first Home game will be two days later when Biggleswade United visit Coles Park.



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