Return of the 100 Club!
The 100 Club organiser Graham is now taking numbers for next season. You can find all the details about how the it works on the dedicated page here, where you can also find contact details! The Club has generated £2.5k for the the club over the last 2 seasons too!
Club announcement about planning application
Tooting & Mitcham Sports and Leisure Ltd have withdrawn their planning application from Merton Council’s June meeting; to enable further survey work to be undertaken and to clarify the section 106 agreement further before the committee meet. The application is likely to now be held in July and an update will be given once a date has been confirmed.
Caroline McRoyall, Chair
Tooting & Mitcham United FC
Tooting & Mitcham United FC Joint Managers feature in National Newspaper speaking about the influence of the club and how it supports the community.
Joint managers Ashley Bosah and Cornelius Nwadialor have been featured in today’s (14th June 2020) Sunday Times. The small piece in the printed newspaper, as well as a longer digital article
The article talks about how the club supports the local community, often giving players several chances to improve. Nwadialor says. “That’s what we do differently: we go the extra mile”. He also speaks proudly of the clubs diversity: “We’ve got different ages, backgrounds, religions, sexualities, everything. That’s why, when people come around the club, they are wowed by it and what we’re trying to do.”
The pair talked about the issue of diversity in football management, which was highlighted by Raheem Sterling last week.
“With black players on that level speaking about it, we can only hope that it picks up momentum and it drives the conversation” says Bosah, “I’m hoping that will stir up change…”
The full digital article can be read here (subject to subscription) here
For more information contact club Chair Caroline McRoyall by email on email@example.com.
Report to planning committee recommends that planning permission should be granted to Tooting & Mitcham Sports and Leisure Ltd for affordable housing at Imperial Fields
Tooting & Mitcham Sports and Leisure Ltd submitted planning back in December for the erection of an accommodation block comprising of 77 new affordable homes to be based at the front of the site. The profits derived from the accommodation block will be reinvested into the facility to provide new sporting facilities for the local community.
The plan to enhance the facilities at Imperial Fields has been the vision of the organisation since they first published their Master Plan in 2008. Today they are one step closer to completing their vision with the report to the planning committee recommending that planning permission should be granted.
The planning committee meeting will be held digitally with a live stream beginning at 19:15 on the 18th June 2020. The agenda for the meeting can be found here and the meeting will be streamed to the Council's Youtube channel.
If you are unable to watch live, the recordings can also be viewed at any time following the meeting.
12th June 2020
Tooting & Mitcham United FC score with funding success from the Football Foundation
There’s good news for Merton as Tooting & Mitcham United FC have been awarded funding totalling £6,800 from the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation. The funding includes £5,000 from the Pitch Preparation Fund for pitch improvements on the club’s main pitch, the 3G artificial pitches and Farm Road Playing Fields. As well as a further £1,800 towards new 9v9 goals and a line marking machine for Farm Road Playing Fields to enable the pitches to be marked out for next season.
The Pitch Preparation Fund was set up in support of the game, which is currently facing unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Fund is providing grants to clubs that have lost out on normal revenue streams during this difficult period.
The funding will enable Tooting & Mitcham United FC, to prepare their football pitches so that they are match-fit when the facility reopens and it is safe to play football again, following Government advice. The pitch preparation grant can be used to cover the cost of materials, work such as verti-draining, chain harrowing, rolling, over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and routine preparatory work such as grass cutting and the setting out and line-marking of pitches.
Caroline McRoyall, Chair of Tooting & Mitcham United FC, said: “This funding will help the club to ensure the pitches are maintained and ready to go when we get the green light to resume football as normal. In what has been a challenging time this is very good news and we thank the Football Foundation for their support”
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals’ physical and mental well-being. That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country. It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Tooting & Mitcham United FC in developing their pitches for their local community.
The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.
Season ticket designer wanted
COMPETITION TIME! Design next years seasons ticket! We are looking for fans to submit designs for the front of our season ticket! The winner will receive 2 x hospitality tickets. All designs must fit on the front of a 85mmx55mm card and include the clubs full name. We are looking for images that celebrate the community focus of the club and feature the text "Tooting & Mitcham United Football Club" Please submit all designs to firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on 30th June.
Last years design included an image of two of the clubs young players who had signed for Middlesborough
academy and the traditional club crest, but this year its down to you! So get creative!
Copy of last seasons ticket
Raise money for the club by simply online shopping!
The club can announce that we now have a profile on easyfundraising.org.uk. The platform is a way for the club to raise funds by people simply shopping online on websites such as Amazon, Ebay and Just Eat. Account holders can sign up for free, and simply log into the portal and search where they would like to shop, where you will be redirected to the chosen website, to simply do your shopping! Easy fundraiser calculate the donation, where you will be emailed with the amount your transaction has raised!
You can access the website here to set up your account and get fundraising!
A big thank you to all our community food cupboard volunteers
Tooting & Mitcham Community Sports Club thank the key volunteers for their contributions in helping them deliver the Community Food Cupboard in partnership with Merton Council.
Established in May, the Community Cupboard aimed to provide food cupboard essentials for those in need during the Coronavirus pandemic in the Merton area. The scheme is a partnership of Merton Council’s Youth Employability Programme – Towards Employment, Merton Voluntary Service Council, Merton Community Transport and Tooting & Mitcham Community Sports Club.
The need for the scheme was highlighted when 81 Merton households trusted us to support them in the first week alone.
During Volunteers Week the club would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who have been supporting the venture every week. Each week club staff Ashley, Emily and Cheyenne along with Phil Steventon and Andy Harrup, have been helping to sort, pack and distribute food parcels every week and Alan Richards, has provided a regular supply of donations to the Community Cupboard. Phil, Andy and Alan are regulars at Tooting & Mitcham United FC matches and as soon as they heard the club was supporting the initiative wanted to be involved.
Jackie Watkins, director of Tooting & Mitcham Community Sports Club said ‘we are very grateful for the support of our staff as well as Phil, Andy and Alan who have enabled the club and council to help many families in need during these challenging times’
For more information contact Jackie Watkins by email on email@example.com.
Confirmed new branding
Tooting & Mitcham United FC consolidate their branding and confirm the use of their main logo for the senior team.
The club consulted with staff, directors, members and supporters and found that 95% were supportive of using the above logo, over previous versions for the following reasons.
It incorporates the original crest as well as black and white colours in line with the club colours.
It includes the full club name which helps with branding and club awareness.
It aligns better with the TM United ‘oval’ black and white logo.
It has a more modern feel and appeals more to the younger players/people.
Chair of the Club Caroline McRoyall who organised the survey said ‘since I have joined the club, I noticed we were using 3 different versions of the crest on various publications and kit. I felt this created inconsistency and confusion, so I aimed to get an agreement on one specific logo to use for the Senior team’.
The club are grateful for the support of Fellow Studio who created a high resolution version of the badge free of charge.
This logo will now feature in promotion of the Senior Team and the Tooting & Mitcham United FC brand. The TM United ‘Oval’ logo will be used to represent the Tooting & Mitcham Community Sports Club, the youth section and the TM United hub. Together they represent the whole organisation.
Tooting & Mitcham memories by Jeff Brooks
Jeff, pictured on the left with fellow long term fan Charles Till.
The club have been lucky enough to have a great core of loyal fans over the years, and Jeff Brooks certainly fits into that category. He is the author of the book 'We woz robbed in 58' about the famous controversial FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest in 1958, which is available to buy from the supporter clubs table at home match days.
Jeff shares some of his experiences following the terrors over the years.
Most supporters seem to have been introduced to T&MUFC by their fathers - I was introduced by my mother. She worked in the tea-bars at Sandy Lane in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. I was told by her a number of times that I was actually in Sandy Lane before I was born. My father had little interest in football and, in an unusual role reversal for the gender- conscious 1950s, he did the shopping in Tooting Broadway, dragging me along, while my mother was at "the football" on Saturday afternoons. Saturday lunchtimes were always rushed as she had to be at Sandy Lane by 1.00pm to prepare cups of tea for the players and to get ready to serve the hordes of supporters.
It was my brother, Graham, who is ten years older than me, who would have taken me to my first match, sometime in the late 1950s. He has told me since that I used to get bored, especially in the second half, and he had a tough time keeping an eye on me as I tended to run off. It was easy for a youngster to get lost among the thousands attending matches in those days. Sadly, I was considered to be too young to attend the famous Forest FA Cup match in 1959.
I rarely missed a home match in the 1960s and made most of the away matches too, travelling on the Supporters Club coaches, usually with my old friend, Richard Williams.
I was at all the great, and unforgettable, FA Cup matches of the mid - 1970s and enjoyed the long away- days in the FA Cup and FA Trophy - to Bradford, Kettering, Swindon, Merthyr Tydfil, Morecambe, Runcorn and Scarborough.
I had two spells living and working away from the area (oddly enough, in Swindon and Nottingham - T & M's opponents on the two occasions the club has played in the FA Cup 3rd Round Proper being Swindon Town and Nottingham Forest) so saw fewer matches than I would have liked.
In the 1990s, it became clear that, to survive, the club would have to leave Sandy Lane. At some point, in the bar after a match at Sandy Lane, I said to some mates something like " There's so much history to this ground, someone should write a book about it ". Unsurprisingly, the response was " Well, you do it then ". And so I did - although the research, planning and writing took me about ten times longer than I thought it would. " Tooting On The Move - A Farewell to Sandy Lane, Home of Tooting and Mitcham United FC " was published in 2002. About 550 copies were sold, an indication of how much the ground meant to so many people. The book is now out of print.
I waited until I was retired before embarking on another slice of T & M history. " We Woz Robbed In '59 - Tooting and Mitcham United FC's epic 1958/59 season, set to a background of social events of the time " was published in 2018. Copies still available!
I am currently working on my third T&MUFC book - the 1970s. Hopefully this will be published later this year. It is unlikely that that there will be any more books from me after this one. An honourable mention was the excellent " Champions ! Tooting and Mitcham United FC Season Book Ryman South 2016/17 ", edited by David Penn. I was pleased to contribute the September section to this book.
T & M has always been a big part of my life and always will be. There have been many highs and quite a few lows, I have many great memories and have made some great friends. I now live in Hampshire and don't get to as many matches as I used to but, as I sit here writing this, I am looking at a framed photograph on my bedroom wall - Steve Grubb scoring in the first minute in the FA Cup 1st. Round Proper match v Crystal Palace at Sandy Lane in November 1974. One of many great moments in T&MUFC history. Let's hope that there will be many more.