Catch up with Hady Ghandour - 2nd April 2020

How has this down period been for you and your training?


This period to be honest has been boring to say the least. We get a weekly programme from Charlton with different running/sprinting sessions/core sessions/body weight leg and upper body sessions. No down time though, training pretty much everyday to keep fit and get fitter!! Its a good opportunity to go even further fitness/speed wise so I'm trying to take advantage of that. Nothing beats football though.


You played over 30 games for Tooting & Mitcham last season and scored some vital goals for the club. What is your evaluation of your performances as well as the teams?


Last season was a tough but very enjoyable first season in senior football for me. I have to thank the gaffer’s ash and Cornelius first for trusting me at 18 to play my part. I think I repaid that trust after the positive result at Egham haha.  To play over 30 games was vital experience gained for me especially at 18/19. Performance wise, I think I did well, the 2-2 draw with Bracknell and me scoring the equaliser as well as the 2-1 win vs Waltham abbey where I scored 2 stand out the most, especially the latter as if I remember we were both one the same points looking to break into the play offs. In terms of the season just passed, my performances got better as the season progressed. I sort of hit a wall mid-season and I was on the bench for 5/6 games. As much as I didn't like being on the bench at the time I think it was important for me as when I got the chance again I was hungrier and I began scoring again. A big thanks to the fans for their patience with me throughout the season that just passed. I’ll never forget the miss vs Harlow away that would've won us the game, but they stayed patient with me and backed me even more which really motivated me and pushed me on.


Arguably your best personal performance was when you scored 4 goals away at Chertsey, did you wake up that morning knowing everything you touch would turn into gold?!


Haha yes. I’ll never forget that Chertsey game, my first senior hat-trick and another goal to add to that. To be honest no, I remember that day waking up thinking I want to make the difference in a big game (I knew how big that game was given where we both were in the table and what we were both fighting for). I had hit the post many times before that game and I knew it was only a matter of time before they start flying in and thankfully on that day they did. It was a surreal feeling especially with the good following we brought to celebrate with them was brilliant. Big credit to James too for that penalty save- it changed the game and we really dominated and kicked on from there.


You forged a good relationship up top with Danny Bassett, how much did you enjoy playing with Danny?


 I love playing with Danny. I have been for about 3 years now and we always naturally had some sort of link up. His pace is unreal and you can always rely on him to score- especially when the team needs it the most. He really helped me when I was going through a rough patch this season so I really appreciate that.


The season has had ups and downs, yet started with a blistering start to the season, with a notable win against a Conference South team in the FA Cup. How was it being in the team and around the club during that period?

Beating Dorking was massive especially for a team 2 leagues below. We were very confident going into that game and throughout the week in training we had a good feeling we could cause an upset. We know the quality we have and it showed with a result. Even after going down to 10 men it showed our character as a team to defend solidly and work tirelessly to seal the win. It was a brilliant feeling and the vibe was so positive after that, especially for me as it was exactly 1 week after my terrible miss at Harlow. What a difference a week makes!


You are proving to be another young player destined for big things from the clubs academy, like Isaiah, Sam, Odoh and Lexus. How much motivation was it for you to see your peers moving to pro clubs to get there yourself?


Of course, it was a huge motivation to see those players I played with make the step up into the professional game. I felt like I play better when I don't think about the future, focusing on the team, working hard for the team and getting results was my only priority for the season, anything else would be a bonus and thankfully this opportunity with Charlton came up which I'm very grateful for. 


You have recently been on a trial period at Charlton Athletic, how was your development under Jason Euell there?

Yes, my time so far at Charlton has been brilliant. Originally it was a 1 week trial however I did well so it got extended 2/3 times before they said they want to keep me until the end of the season and we take it from there. Jason has been a huge help, especially being a forward himself and playing in the premiership. I’ve learned a lot from him and I hope to learn even more hopefully!


Do you have a message for the Tooting & Mitcham fans during this downtime?


My message to the fans: Stay safe, stay at home and be sensible (I'm sure everyone is doing that!) Enjoy time with the family, and rest well. Football will hopefully be back as soon as possible but at the moment this matter is more important and we should focus on getting through this safely so everyone can get back to enjoying Saturday 3 PMs!

I hope to see all of the fans very soon once this is done, and a massive thank you for all the support for me and the team during the season. You enjoyed the ups with us and stuck with the boys during the downs, we really appreciate your support and the noise you make both home and away, it really does give us a lift and allows us to give a little more when were tired. 


Quick fire round


Player that you think you resemble in the premier league?


Player I think I resemble: I’d love to say Firmino (although I wish I was as good as him) but mainly because he does a lot for the team despite not scoring as much as Salah/mane


Quickest player at the club? Danny Basset by far


Toughest? Rooney (Daryl Coleman)


Funniest? Probably Dontai/Deano


Moment from last season that sticks in your mind? Northwood away last min goal- was a scrap and to score the winner after coming on was a great feeling


Home game with the best atmosphere? Dorking/ Northwood home last min 2-1 win


Best away ground? Best in terms of facility is Bracknell for me. In terms of my favourite it’s Chertsey. Always scored there with u18s and great memory there this year with the first team.


Fan questions –

What did you miss the most and least about Tooting & Mitcham while you have been at Charlton?


I miss the Saturday 3pms a lot to be honest and the team/managers most who I've been with for 2/3 years. Miss least, probably finishing training late evenings on Tuesday(if no game) and Thursday. Its refreshing to finish the day by 3/4PM and get to spend those evenings at home. (nothing the club can do about that though! its the nature of non league)


What are the top 3 goals you have scored? Can include the under 23 goals too!


1: First goal vs Waltham Abbey 18/19 season I enjoyed that with my left foot

2: Carshalton away this season was nice to give us the lead and more pleasing to score with my left too

3: Chertsey 3rd goal (my 2nd header of the game) just because I had been working on my heading and was happy with how I directed it into the net (great cross from bass though!)

Best individual performance of your career so far?


Best individual performance has to be Chertsey away


What are you goals for the next 1 to 3 years?


For the next 1-3 years, obviously I’d love to be a pro footballer in one of Europe’s top leagues (that’s more the aim in 3 years’ time) within a year I want to sign my first professional deal as I haven’t signed one at Charlton yet. Otherwise, as football doesn’t work out for many, I’d aim to graduate from university and hopefully secure a good job (alongside semi pro football)


Tooting & Mitcham United FC ask fans to show their support in the fight against the Coronavirus and volunteer with their local authority if they are able to;


Club Coach, Warren Andrews has been shopping for the elderly in his area and Chair of Tooting & Mitcham, Caroline McRoyall has been collecting and delivering prescriptions for vulnerable adults close to her home.


So let’s all unite behind this cause and if you can help or know someone that needs help please see the details below;



How Do I Get Help?


Merton - If a person requires help, you can ask them to email or call 020 8685 2272


Wandsworth - If you or someone you know needs this support, please contact 0208 871 6555 or


How Do I Volunteer?

Merton - If you are able to volunteer, or know someone that wants to volunteer, please contact the volunteer taskforce at
Wandsworth -If you want to help please do so by registering through our online form, your details will be passed to other relevant voluntary groups helping with the coronavirus response.


If you want to help please do so by registering through our online form, your details will be passed to other relevant voluntary groups helping with the coronavirus response.


How can I donate?


The Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund


The Fund will provide monetary grants to charities working locally to help support volunteers to help isolated households and those at risk from COVID-19.

You can give online here.


St George’s Coronavirus Appeal


Working closely with the Hospital to keep up with the current situation and their needs, including help buying medical equipment and supplies, providing accommodation for key staff, mental health support and welfare initiatives to support staff and more


JustGiving page at 

Statement from chair Caroline McRoyal 

The decision the FA and the League have had to make to end the league now is a difficult one, but the right one, due to the various issues with player contracts/payments and end of season pitch renovations etc. All the debate about how to end the league, will have many different views, but for Tooting & Mitcham, any outcome would have left us in the same division next season.

For the club personally, it was a huge shame football stopped when it did as we were just turning a corner. New players had settled in and we got an amazing result at Hanwell, however it cannot be helped and there are much more important things to worry about now. 

So let's take this time away from football to remember the great games of the past, and look forward to another season of building the foundations of the club and growing the fan base, whilst striving to get promoted. Hopefully, we can start the season as we did last year and as long as we avoid the dip in form we suffered this year, we will be unstoppable.  

Please note the decision also includes development leagues including the under 23s and the unver 18s.

Latest league update 

The club have received a statement from the league, who met to discuss the plans for the end of the season, player contracts and also government support To read the statement from the league, follow this link

Important - League announcement 

The club can confirm that the league have confirmed postponement to all games until the 3rd April The Isthmian League Board also met yesterday by video conference and agreed that all matches, including the Development League, the Youth League and Cup, The Women’s Cup and the Velocity Trophy be suspended until that date.

You can read the full statement here

Important - Club announcement 

Covid 19/Coronavirus update-


Following the Government and Football Association announcement yesterday Tooting & Mitcham Community Sports Club facilities are open for educational purposes only at this time.

All other activity is cancelled until further notice

League announces that games called off for this weekend and throughout the week 

The club can confirm that the league has announced that this weekends games will be postponed due to the risk Coronavirus as well as any mid-week games next week. 

Full league statement available here

Exclusive interview with Michail Antonio

Written by Alfred Davies  

Alfred Davies, a postgraduate journalism student at City University, had the rare opportunity to speak to former Tooting and Mitcham player Michail Antonio following West Ham's match against Liverpool. 


Two days after West Ham United came painfully close to becoming the first team to defeat Liverpool in the Premier League this season, Michail Antonio would be forgiven for focusing on the positives of what was one of the Hammers’ best performances of the season. But that wouldn’t be very Michail Antonio. The 29-year-old has instead only been able to think about a golden missed opportunity for a winner when the scores were level.

“The last two nights I’ve not been able to sleep because of that one chance. I take a good touch, I score a goal and we possibly win that game 3-2 instead of losing 3-2. Then it’s a different story, we’re out of the bottom three, everything is good.”

This is testament to a man who has never been able to rest, rising from non-league Tooting and Mitcham United to a first England call-up in just eight years. Antonio is known for his outgoing personality, his silly celebrations and his entertaining post-match interviews. But behind the infectious smile lies grit and determination, which is what has ultimately allowed the south Londoner to establish himself as an experienced Premier League footballer.

“When I first signed professionally for Reading [ed. in 2008], I had to go out half an hour earlier than the other boys. I wasn’t technically as good as other players. I never did passing drills where there are no goals, where the whole point of the game is just to keep the ball. I never did that, so I was no good. All I wanted to do was take someone on, get the ball into the box.”


Antonio wasn’t even playing for a Sunday league club when he was spotted, aged 12, playing football in a field near his house by a Tooting and Mitcham youth coach. He was soon invited to play in his age group, and five years later made his first-team debut.

It is perhaps this unconventional route into professional football that has led many to describe him as a ‘raw’ talent, even now, after almost five years of playing at the highest level. Not that this bothers Antonio.


“They class it as raw because it’s different. I’m quite boisterous, I’m muscly, I’m powerful, so that’s what I use, they’re my attributes. I don’t try to be someone else, I use those attributes because that’s what got me into the situation I’m in now. If it’s not broken, then why would I fix it?”


Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson discovered that strength under the Anfield lights last Monday when, in the twelfth minute, the West Ham forward made enough of a nuisance of himself in the six-yard box to distract the Brazilian and allow Issa Diop to head home an equaliser.

The constantly-shifting emotions of that hard-fought game against the expected Premier League champions are an example for Antonio of one of the hardest aspects of playing professional football.

“It’s awful. In football there are so many rollercoasters. Your emotions are so high at times and so low at others. The game on Monday explains it all. It’s still affecting me today. We don’t understand how we’ve managed to lose that game. It affects you for not just one day, it affects you for two or three days afterwards. People are now starting to realise how massive the mental side of football is.”

Antonio speaks with the openness and sincerity of someone who has been around the professional game for a while. The forward turns 30 this month, and has over 120 Premier League appearances to his name. He is keen to pass on his knowledge to those around him, as was evident when the cameras in the tunnel before last Monday’s match caught him passing on words of wisdom to 19-year-old right-back Jeremy Ngakia, who was a shining light for the Hammers in just his second league appearance.

“He’s got a bright future ahead of him. He’s played two games this season. Both of them coincidentally against Liverpool! He’s played well both games. What he’s done now, he’s been amazing, he’s up there, it’s just about not letting it drop. I’m quite an opinionated person, I do like to speak to people. Especially to him now, I was like, ‘you’ve got the shirt now, keep it. Don’t get lazy, don’t get complacent. You’ve got two appearances, talk to me when you’ve got 150.’”


Antonio himself is not far off 150 for West Ham alone, and says he sees himself staying long-term at the club where he is very happy and has built a strong rapport with fans.

“I’ve been here for five years, I could be here for another five and get a testimonial. Obviously, with the career I’ve had coming from non-league, getting ten years in the Premier League would be amazing. Who would I want to play in a testimonial? Tooting and Mitcham!”, says Antonio, grinning. 

Alfred Davies

February round up! by Edward Parlett  

It has been a trying few weeks for T&MUFC. We entered the month with some optimism, sitting in sixth place, just six points off the leaders Ware with three games in hand.


Waltham Abbey arrived on the first Saturday as a team in form, and high on confidence. They had won four of their last six, with only one defeat in that sequence, and had crept ahead of us into fifth albeit having played three games more. An impressive performance from the Terrors, somewhat aided by a helping hand from the visiting ‘keeper Charlie Crowley, resulted in a 3-0 victory and three points that took us up to fourth, handily placed to make a title challenge. Sol Patterson-Bohner was officially credited with the opening goal, although it looked to some in the crowd as if Crowley had punched it into his own net. Two second half strikes from Danny Bassett sealed the points and took his tally of league goals for the season to twelve.


With the mood in the camp high, we took our undefeated away record to Bedfont Sports three days later but fell to a disappointing 0-2 defeat. The performance wasn’t too bad; we had plenty of possession but couldn’t take our chances, and two somewhat fortunate strikes sealed our fate - the first took a wicked deflection that gave James Shaw no chance, the second a speculative cross-shot that looped over our trusty custodian. To compound a miserable evening, we lost Ahkeem Belford to injury midway through the half, enabling us to get a first glimpse of new signing Ermis Mezini who acquitted himself well in the circumstances.


On the following Saturday we had the perfect opportunity to put that result behind us as we entertained FA Vase holders, Chertsey Town. With memories fresh in the mind of our 5-0 away win against the same opposition just before Christmas, we set about the task with some vigour and as we left the field at half-time a goal to the good (courtesy of that man Bassett again) the only question seemed to be : what would be the margin of our victory? Unfortunately, the second period was a different story; within the space of eight minutes around the hour mark, the visitors had established a 2-1 lead and, try as we might, an equaliser never looked likely.


With Storm Dennis predicted to batter the country the following weekend, the fixture list was somewhat depleted as games fell to the elements. However, our visit to high-flying Ware was very much on - thanks to their artificial surface. Despite the wind and rain making conditions difficult, our boys adapted better to the circumstances and, once again, left the field at the break a goal to the good. One of last season’s heroes, Stefan Illic, marked his return from Lewes by finishing off a good move down the left by Razzaq Coleman. We had the opportunity to extend this advantage, but a slightly dubious penalty decision given in our favour resulted in the Ware ‘keeper, Calum Kitscha, saving well from Danny Bassett, who put the rebound over the bar. We continued to give a good account of ourselves after the break, but it was the home side who drew level when Leigh Rose netted on the hour. An entertaining last period saw both sides having chances to win it, but both seemed to have settled for a point when Joshua Williams broke Tooting hearts with an 86th minute winner, to return the hosts to the top of the table. The performance had been encouraging though, with even the official Ware website acknowledging that we had been unlucky on the day.


With the effects of the storm still in evidence, our Tuesday night trip to South Park was postponed (again) so our next outing saw us make the long journey out to the far end of the District Line to take on Barking. Despite TfL’s best efforts to thwart the attendance, a sizable contingent of travelling fans found their way to the stadium and provided a raucous atmosphere throughout. Unfortunately, the team were unable to replicate the previous week’s efforts and fell to their fourth successive loss. Once again, the lead was established - this time through impressive new signing Daniel Williams - before the home side hit back to take the points.


Ordinarily that would have been it for the month but as we are in a leap-year, we had the chance to be part of a statistical anomaly with a rare game scheduled for 29th February; Bracknell Town were due to visit Imperial Fields for only the third game played on this date in our history, and the first at home. Sadly it was not to be as, once again, heavy rain the previous evening added to an already substantial amount of surface water, rendering the pitch unplayable. Unsurprisingly, the only matches to go ahead in the division were on the 3G pitches at Ware and Harlow Town.


So we move on. March sees us face a challenging set of fixtures. We should finally make a dent in our games in hand, with Tuesday matches scheduled throughout the month. First up, on the 3rd, is a trip to Westfield – the first of a double-header with them as they come to Imperial Fields on Saturday 14th. Between those encounters, we journey to second placed Hanwell and then to South Park. After the Westfield home game, Harlow visit us on Saturday 21st, and we round off the month with trips to Bracknell (Tuesday 24th) and Uxbridge (Saturday 28th).


Elsewhere in the division, the title race looks now like a straight fight between Ware and Hanwell, both of whom enjoyed a strong February to distance themselves from the chasing pack. While we may have had a poor run ourselves, spare a thought for Northwood whose defeats in February to Chertsey, Bedfont and Ware took their sequence of losses to eleven in a row! Happily for them, they rounded off the month by edging past Marlow 1-0, to lift themselves above Staines and off the bottom; it was a result that also pleased the Terrors as Marlow had crept to within three points of us and in sight of a play-off place themselves, so it was pleasing that they were kept at bay.

Despite rained off game, game supports football v homophobia campaign 

Tooting & Mitcham United FC designated their home game v Bracknell on Saturday 29th February 2020 in support of the Football v Homophobia campaign, which exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression at all levels in football.


Unfortunately the weather meant the game was postponed but as today was the last day of the Football v Homophobia Month of Action, a select group of individuals including the club’s mascot Terror the Tiger, got together to show their support for the campaign.  


Caroline McRoyall, Chair of Tooting & Mitcham United FC said ‘I have been a strong supporter of the FVH campaign since its inception and am pleased the club are able to demonstrate their support as well. It is so important that we continue to challenge all forms of discrimination and demonstrate that football is for everyone’.


Further details on the campaign can be found at

Departure of Razzaq Degraft Coleman 

The club would like to confirm that Razzaq Degraft Coleman has left the club to join Conference South side Hampton and Richmond Borough. Razzaq has progressed through the ranks at the club and has become a fan favorite at the Campus Society stadium this season with his hardwork and has habit of popping up with important goals. We wish Razz all the best at Hampton and Richmond and hope to see him back at the ground in the future! 

Club to support Football v Homophobia 

Tooting & Mitcham United FC are pleased to announce they are designating their home game v Bracknell on Saturday 29th February 2020 in support of the Football v Homophobia campaign.


Football v Homophobia exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression at all levels in football. February is the Football v Homophobia Month of Action


Caroline McRoyall, Chair of Tooting & Mitcham United FC said ‘I have been a strong supporter of the FVH campaign since its inception and am pleased the club are able to demonstrate their support as well. It is so important that we continue to challenge all forms of discrimination and demonstrate that football is for everyone’.


Further details on the campaign can be found at

Squad arrival and departures 

As some people will be aware there has been quite a lot of player movement in recent weeks so ahead of our game at Ware this afternoon, here's a quick summary of all the recent comings and goings at the Campus Society Stadium;


Didi Castahno (to East Grinstead Town)
Ainsley Everett (to Sittingbourne and subsequently to VCD Athletic)
Antonio Simeone (to Chertsey Town)


We'd like to thank all of the above players for there time and contribution at TMUFC and wish them all the very best for the future.


Incoming and welcome to TMUFC to:
Duncan Culley (striker from Hanworth Villa, previously Hayes & Yeading Utd)
Antone "Dougie" Douglas (Defender from Three Bridges)
Christian Gitau Eneremadu (central midfielder from Merstham)
Stefan Ilic (attacking wide midfield player returning to TMUFC after a spell at Lewes)
Dominic Odusanya (central midfielder from VCD Athletic)
Dan Williams (Striker from Chalfont St Peter)

Former Terror Isaiah Jones  joins St Johnstone from Middlesborough on loan 

Isaiah Jones in action for Middlesborough under 23s after his switch from Tooting & Mitcham last Summer 

Photo credit - Middlesborough Football Club official website 

A transfer deadline day saw former Tooting & Mitcham's Isaiah Jones seal a loan deal at St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier league until the end of the season. Jones, who is a youth product from Tooting & Mitcham joined Middlesborough in the Summer along with Sam Folarin, and went straight into the development side. Both have impressed since joining, and Jones impressive performance has earnt him a loan deal to test himself at senior Football level. We would like to wish Isaiah the best of luck in Scotland and we no doubt he will impress quickly!

The news come a few weeks after fellow academy graduate Abraham Odoh , who joined Charlton Athletic in the Summer made his senior debut against West Brom at the Valley in the FA Cup.

Youth team trials announced 

Catch up with former terror Saidou Khan

Saidou in action for the Terrors last season.

Photo courtesy of Sam Conquest 

We caught up with former Tooting & Mitcham United player Saidou Khan to find out how professional Football was treating him after his Summer switch to Conference South side Maidstone United. Saidou came along to the Campus Society Stadium to cheer on his former team against Uxbridge last Saturday, as Maidstone had no fixture due to the FA Cup.


Good to see you down here at the Campus Society Stadium again Saidou, what made you come along today?


Just came down to see the boys (laughs). I saw they had a home game, and that they are doing well in the league, so I thought I will come down and see for myself! Also wanted to see if they missed me or not, and clearly they don’t! (looking at their league position)


Did you enjoy your time at Tooting & Mitcham United?


Yeah I really did, I was at Tooting at youth team level and throughout college and made it to the first team and even came back after leaving. It feels like home for me, so really nice to come back. Really I am always here (laughs), if my game gets called off or we have no game I always check to see if Tooting are playing at home!


Things are going well for you are at Maidstone United, how are you enjoying your time out in Kent?


I would say it is cold! That is the only thing I don’t enjoy about it. I am full time now and the level is decent as well, so I am enjoying playing at the club.


You have been building your reputation with several appearances in leagues team of the week, how good is it to be recognised in that way?


Yeah it is alright of course, I just don’t let it get to my head, as need to keep playing for the team, play game by game and hope for the best. I have done well so far, so need to keep it up. 


We probably should talk about that goal away at Blackpool in the FA Cup a few weeks ago, do you want to talk us through it….


It felt amazing, I knew it was going to come, I was looking forward to the game for the whole week and the best thing I wanted to do was score a goal! 


You can see Saidou's strike here.*

*Video property of the BBC 


Maidstone pushing for the playoffs and currently 7th in the Conference South, how is the mood around the camp at the moment?


Really we think we should be higher up the league, but being so close to the playoffs isn’t bad at all. We are aiming to finish higher and hopefully win the league with playoffs as our second option.

The club are very excited to announce new beginner sessions at the club starting this month. The first 3 sessions are completely free too. For more details, contact Caroline on 07702 710395. 

Passing of Chris Wilson 

It is with great sadness that life long Terrors fan Chris Wilson has passed away on Christmas day. Chris had been following the Terrors for over 65 years and would be involved with programme selling on match days too. 

Chris daughter Laura has sent the club details of the funeral, which we have put below:

The funeral will be held at:
Lambeth Crematorium
Blackshaw Road, SW17 0DH
Friday, 10th January
11:45 am

And afterwards at The Leather Bottle pub, 538 Garratt Lane, SW17 0NY.

If you wish to attend, please contact us on and your message will be passed on. 

Passing of Mishi Morath

Everyone at Tooting & Mitcham would like to pass on their condolenses after hearing of the passing of lifelong Dulwich Hamlet fan Mishi Morath last night. Mishi was a regular at Dulwich games as well as Imperial Fields, when the clubs ground shared.

Mishi will very much be missed by Dulwich as well as the non-league community. 





Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club crowned Playfinder’s Outstanding Sports Facility Of The Year


Wednesday 18th December 2019 – Playfinder’s 2019 Outstanding Sports Facility Of The Year award has been won by Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club.

Tooting and Mitcham is an independently funded ‘not for profit’ facility which provides sport, health, education and well-being facilities. As an inclusive facility, the club believes in providing a safe space for all and helping break down barriers to create a genuine community.

4,000 local people use the club each week, 35 clubs use this as their home and there are six local businesses run from here. Education is important too and there are 100 16-19 year olds and 300 players across the youth teams.

The community club is also a pioneer of the Football Foundation’s project to increase grassroots football participation by digitising access and making it easier to book physical activity sessions. 

Tooting & Mitcham enjoyed a fantastic FA Cup run to reach the 3rd qualifying round in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy. Away from pitch the community club has an ongoing  mission of helping locals reach their potential and realise dreams in a safe environment regardless of ability. 


Major expansion plans are afoot to build 77 affordable home and all the money raised will be invested back into the club to ensure its legacy continues.

Playfinder’s grassroots sports users voted online for their favourite venue and the award, in its fourth year, is judged on pitch quality, venue amenities and customer experience.
Jamie Foale, Co-Founder of Playfinder, commented: “Tooting and Mitcham is a terrific example of a top-class sports facility that is a full fixture within the local community. Whether it be the football club, events or dedication to disability support - Jackie and her team excel. The future plans for the club are incredibly exciting and will leave a lasting legacy.”

Caroline McRoyall, Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club followed: ‘It’s an honour to receive this award, particularly as it’s our users that have voted for us. The club prides itself on ensuring everyone feels welcome and involved. The club is currently looking to expand its facilities and are asking for comments on their plans. Details on the proposals can be found on our website.”


Stephen Alambritis, Leader of the Council, London Borough of Merton added: “We are all so proud of Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club and this award is a reflection on how popular the facilities are here. The fact that over 4,000 local people use the place each week is testimony to the hard work of everyone at this great venue. After the Playfinder recognition, this sporting hub  is set to get even better as a port of call for physical activity sessions in Merton.”

Academy trial dates announced

The club have announced the academy trial dates this month. The trails are for 16 - 19 year olds, and are a possible pathway into the under 23s then the first team!

Club announce Football Festival

The club are pleased to announce a Football Festival on Saturday 14th December. The activities, will be before and throughout the 1st team fixture with Ware FC. There will be different information stalls about the clubs community work as well as the members club. There will also be some festive fun with various activities for the children! More details to follow! 

Everyone at Official TMUFC was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Club Secretary and stalwart, Nigel Sarson earlier today following a period of illness over the past couple of years.

We will post a full tribute to Nigel at a later date. In the meantime the thoughts and sympathies of everyone at Imperial Fields are with his family and friends.

Last year, Vanarama - the official vehicle leasing partner of the BetVictor Isthmian League - teamed up with Prostate Cancer UK and the country’s Non-League clubs to raise a fantastic £150,000 to help the fight.


We were proud to play a part and thanks to so many people it was a job well done, but there’s one issue - we soon remembered that the disease kills one man every 45 minutes in the UK.


So we couldn’t just sit back a year on think we’ve done our bit. Far from it in fact!


We’re back with a six-week campaign and we’ve got a rather famous face to help spread the message as we try to raise awareness as well as much-needed money.


Film star and former Non-League footballer Vinnie Jones’ life has been touched by cancer recently and it’s something he was desperate to put his name to.


Now he is urging ‘proper football clubs’ and ‘proper supporters’ to raise ‘proper money’ - you can’t say no to Vinnie, right?!


He said: “I am beyond proud to back this MANarama campaign. It combines two things which are so important to me; grass-roots football and fighting cancer. I started playing football in Non-League so I know that these clubs are at the heart of local communities. 


“I don’t need to explain why the fight against cancer is so important for me.


“Non-League football is proper football and I’d urge all Non-League clubs and all the proper supporters out there to raise some proper money for this brilliant cause.”


So how can you help? 

We need you! So get involved with the MANarama campaign as we try to combat Prostate Cancer together. 


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Season round up so far...

After an impressive August period, the Terrors started off September with a FA Cup tie with Sussex based AFC Varndenians on Saturday 7th September. There was 260 in the crowd, including a bus load of AFC Varndenians fans who made the trip to Morden. The visitors started off well, and gave a great account of themselves however the Terrors showed their class throughout and came out winners. Nathan Daly scored the first goal of the game on the half hour mark. David Castanho impressed throughout and was rewarded with a goal on the 58th minute, to really put the home side in the driving seat against a plucky AFC Varndenians side. Nebay Halie came on in the 80th minute and secured the win with a well taken goal with a couple of minutes left of normal time. AFC Varndenians did give their fans something to cheer about with a stoppage time goal from Tim Ford, who scored from close range from a deflected free kick. The game ended 3-1 to the home side as they progressed to the next round.


The Terrors travelled to South Park on Tuesday 10th September for a Velocity Trophy tie. The management made several changes, Alex Filipe, Murray Gibb and Nadeem Fosu all making their first appearances of the season. Nebay Halie was also given a start up front after his goal scoring exploits in the FA Cup on the Saturday. Halie made it 2 goals in 2 matches with a composed finish from close range after a fine cross from full back George Ademiluyi on the 20th minute mark. The lead was doubled on the 51st minute, Dontai Stewart getting his first of the season. The hosts did get one back in stoppage time, Stephane Trah scored from 6 yards to make it a tense remaining couple of minutes, but the Terrors saw the game out for their 7th straight win in all competitions and progressing to the next round.


It was back to the league and another away day for the Terrors as they travelled to Harlow Town on Saturday 14th September. It was a slow start from the Terrors and were forced into a defensive style as Harlow Town piled on the pressure. Despite having limited chances, it was Rassaq Coleman who scored on the stroke of half time after a decent run, and the Terrors went into half time 1-0 up. The lead was short lived though, the hosts scored 3 minutes into the second half after Harlow’s Tayo Oyebola capitalized on a parry from goalkeeper James Shaw to make it 1-1. There were limited chances for the rest of the game, and the Terrors had to settle for a point and dropping their first points of the season.

The Terrors returned to the Campus Society Ground on Tuesday 17th September for a league tie with Bedfont Sports. The Terrors came flying out of the blocks and found themselves 3 – 0 up at half time, much to the delight of the home crowd. Goals from Danny Bassett, David Castanho and Rassaq Coleman left the struggling Bedfont side shell-shocked. The away side put up a good fight in the second half and managed to tame the Terrors, however the home side did manage to make it 4-0 after Omari Hibbert converted a penalty on the 90th minute to make it a cracking afternoon all around.


The Terrors welcomed National League  South side Dorking Wanderers for the 3rd round FA Qualifying clash on Saturday 21st September. There was a bumper crowd of 326 for the clash, the home side very much being the underdogs, which was always going to be a tough afternoon for the Terrors. The home side took their opportunity to apply pressure and were rewarded with a goal after a fine finish from Danny Bassett, who scored his 6th goal of the season to give the home side the lead. What was always going to be a tough afternoon for the Terrors, was made enough tougher when captain Sol Payerson Bohner was sent off on the hour mark. Dorking did get into the game more and created the odd chance, however the 10 men of Tooting & Mitcham kept their cool and secured the win. The win will go down in the history books as one to remember and they progressed to the next round of the historic Emirates FA Cup.


The Terrors were back to the Campus Society Stadium for another cup game, this time it was the first round of the London County Cup against Fisher FC. There was a first goal of the season and the senior team for academy player Jamerie Brissett, who put the home side in the lead after just 5 minutes, continuing the Terrors trend of scoring early goals. The lead was short lived though, Issac Nkosi equalised on the 9th minute for the visitors. Nebay Halie popped up with 2 goals within a 6 minute period on the 28th and 34th minute to give the hosts a good lead heading into half time. The visitors applied some pressure, and made it 3-2 via Yila on the 53rd minute. The Terrors showed their class though, and they added a further 2 goals via Hamad Timite and David Castanho on the 86th and 90th minute respectively securing another win.


Attention was back on the league on Saturday 28th September, the Terrors traveled to Waltham Abbey who have had an up and down start to the season. Danny Bassett scored his 7th of the season to put the away side in the lead, after a well worked goal and the sides went into half time with the Terrors winning  1-0. David Castanho added the Terrors 2nd goal on the 67th minute for his 5th of the season, as he continues to impress in the middle of the park in his first season at the club. Danny Bassett gave the away fans even more to cheer about with his 2nd of the afternoon on the 86th minute from the penalty spot, he now boasts an impressive 8 goals so far this season. The game ended 3-0 and the Terrors end September in 2nd place with just 2 points dropped.

The Terrors are riding high and have won 11 out of 12 games so far in all competitions, giving the dedicated fans plenty to cheer about. The Terrors start October with 2 home cup ties, they entertain Whyteleafe on Tuesday 1st October for a 19:45 kick off in the Velocity Trophy and then a FA Cup third round clash with Poole Town on Saturday 5th October at 3pm. There are some big games coming up in October, so be loud and proud and get behind the lads!

Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round Draw

The Terrors reward for Saturday's win over Dorking Wanderers is a home tie against Poole Town of the Southern League Premier South.  The game will be played on Saturday 5th October 3pm Kick Off, which means our home game against Staines Town will need to be rearranged.

Emirates FA Cup - Terrors  1-0  Dorking Wanderers

Danny Bassett started and finished a superb 49th minute move, that gave us victory in a fine match, that saw the Terrors go down to 10 men shortly afterwards after Skipper Sol Patterson-Bohner received a second yellow card & Joint Manager Cornelius Nwadialor saw red.  However, the ten men stood firm to chalk up probably our finest moment since winning the league title three years ago, ironically against Dorking Wanderers!










Ian Bullock Lifetime Vice-President

Congratulations goes to Ian Bullock who was presented with lifetime Vice-Presidency at half time against Dorking Wanderers.  Ian has been a tremendous servant to the club in a range of roles over many years. The club is delighted to recognise Ian's support & commitment and we look forward to seeing him at IF for many years to come!


Bosses win August Manager of the Month award

Congratulations go to our joint managers Ashley Bosah & Cornelius Nwadialor on winning the August divisional manager(s) of the month award, sponsored by Andersons travel. Fingers crossed this is the first of many awards for the season!

International call up

Congratulations go to our U23's star Shkelqim "Sketch" Sadiku, who has been selected to represent Kosovo under 21's for their match against England in Hull next week. We wish him all the best and hope he enjoys the night.

Fans Forum 

The club hosted the first fan forum of the season on Wednesday 11th September. The first team players in attendance including captain Sol Paterson-Bohner, vice captain Daryl, Coleman, Hady Ghandour, James Shaw, Omari Hibbert and first team coach Marcus Barnard. 

The night was recorded, which you can listen back to here

August round up 

After an extended pre-season, which saw the Terrors play 9 games in total which they won 7 of, the regular season finally kicked off away against Hertford Town on Saturday 17th August. The Terrors took a strong band of away fans up to Hertfordshire for the game, and it was clear from early on that the Terrors style of play would be difficult on this particular pitch. Chances were limited for both sides, however there was a sense that the Terrors were edging closer to getting a goal, and it came late on, on the 85th minute to be precise, after substitute Omari Hibbert’s initial header from a corner was saved by the goalkeeper, but followed up with a shot which ended up in the back of the net. The game ended with some possession Football from Tooting and the game ended with them taking the 3 points back to South London.


The Terrors entertained Ashford Town (Middlesex) for their first home game of the season in front of a bumper crowd of 230 fans on Tuesday 20th August. The Terrors gave the fans something to cheer about early on, after Danny Bassett slotted in Hady Ghandours cross to give the home side the lead within 6 minutes. Ashford managed to get into the game more and managed to get the equaliser from Max Webb from a corner on the 29th minute. The Terrors started to played with a higher tempo and played some good possession Football (the pitch, which was described by joint manager Ashley as a carpet certainly helped!) and were rewarded with a tidy goal from midfielder David Castanho on the 41st minute. The Terrors came out in the second half strongly and the game was put out of reach on the 71st minute by Danny Bassett, for his first (not to be his last!) of the season. The game ended 3 -1 to the Terrors, making it a productive first week of the season.


The historic FA Cup was next on the agenda, and it was Faversham Town that travelled to the Campus Society Stadium for the Preliminary round clash on Saturday 24th August. It was again another early goal for the Terrors, Danny Bassett made it 2 in 2 games with a clinical finish after some good build up play. There was again another good crowd for this one, 219 fans came out in the sun for the clash. Both teams struggled to create many clear cut chances, but the Terrors put on a disciplined performance to see the game out 1-0 and progress to the next round.  


There wasn’t much down time for the Terrors, as they travelled to Chipstead on Bank Holiday Monday ( 26th August)  for their 3rd league game of the season. Danny Bassett, who is fast making a habit of scoring early goals made it 1 – 0 within 4 minutes at High Road, Rassaq Coleman was gifted the ball by the Chipstead goalkeeper, which he then squared for Bassett who tapped it in from a few yards out. The home side managed to get the equaliser after 15 minutes to make it 1 -1 against the run of play though. The Terrors came out in the second half positively and created a few half chances, the management decided it was time for a shake up, bringing on Shamal Edwards and Omari Hibbert for Bebay Halie and David Castanho on the hour mark. It was vice-captain Daryl Coleman that provided the golden touch, his free kick eluded both sets of players on the 64th minute gave the Terrors the lead with less than half an hour left. There was the first red card of the season for the Terrors too, after Omari Hibbert was giving a red card for an alleged stamp on an opposition player on the 86th minute, giving the away side a tricky few minutes of pressure to withstand. There were a few half chances for the home side, but the Terrors managed to keep their nerve and make it 3 wins out of 3 in the league and another 3 points back to the Campus Society Stadium.


Saturday 31st August saw the Terrors play their first Saturday home game of the season; and the day was made extra special with the clubs very own Little Kickers being mascots for the game for the Football Festival branded day. There was another great crowd, this time there was 287 making it the highest in the division, the day also included the inflatable bungee run as well as face painting to cater for the influx of youngsters. There was to be no early goal this time for the Terrors, with a stubborn Northwood side proving to be a tricky customer. It was the away side that took the lead in this one, the first time the Terrors have been behind all season. Northwood hit the home side on the break and it was a tidy finish from Alex Withan to give them the lead on the 29th minute. This did prompt a reaction from the Terrors though, who started to get into goal scoring opportunities more and more, however the half ended 0 – 1. The Terrors came out fighting in the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser on the 62nd minute, Danny Bassett with a clever run and a low hard drive beating the impressive Northwood goalkeeper, much to the delight of the bumper crowd. The heavens then opened, and there was a sense it would be one of those ‘if only’ games, however the Terrors continued to press and after a few good chances, it was clear there was one winner in this. Rassaq Coleman stepped up with his first goal of the season, after beating a player and hitting a similar low drive to that of Bassett's earlier goal making it 2-1 with just a couple of minutes left of injury time. There was a roar from the soaked crowd as the ball hit the net, Northwood did try and get back into it, but it was the Terrors day and it ended 2-1 making it a hugely impressive 4 wins in 4 games and putting them top of the table.

You can read all full matches from all the matches here  and you can also hear some post match audio here.


So with August done and dusted, the lads have a 100% record in the league as well as progressing in the FA Cup. Off the pitch, the club has had a splutter of new sponsors getting involved with the club, a new chair person in Caroline McRoyal appointed and some successful events including the Football Festival and the Quiz. Now lets see what September has in store…..

Q & A with Vice captain Daryl Coleman

With the new season looming, vice-captain of Tooting & Mitcham Daryl Coleman shared his views on how pre-season has gone, the new look first team and his expectations for the new season.


Pre-season has been successful with 7 wins out of 9 games, how excited are you now to get into the new season?


We are excited and we are just ready to go now. When you have a long pre-season, it makes you just want to get into the season rather than playing and winning pre-season games, so yeah we feel ready.


It will be a new look squad this season, with some big names leaving such as Isaiah Jones and Lexus Beeden just recently. How confident are you in the new boys that have come in?


Yeah we have lost some good player such as Isaiah (Jones), Ibby (Abraham Odoh) and Simo (Antonio Simone) but I think we have done well with the replacements as results have shown we haven’t struggled. We are really just buying into what the manager wants, which is what we were doing last season which we want to carry on this season.


Off the pitch, the club have sold more season tickets and the crowds have been decent for home pre-season games. How big is that for you guys on the pitch to see more people at the games and supporting?


That’s what we are here tonight (referring to the players’ team that attended a club fundraising quiz) as we know the more we come, the more they come to the games and of course meaning we can interact with the fans. We do really appreciate and we want them to keep coming to the games as we do need them there!


Around the league a lot of club’s fans have been making their predictions, and Tooting & Mitcham has been popping up a lot  a for high finish. Can we hear your predictions for the season, how do you think it will go?


I will be blunt and honest, from what I have seen and from my experience being in this league (and winning it!), I think if we don’t finish in the top 3 we will be upset, well I certainly would be as vice -captain.


Out of all the young players that are coming into the first team, who do you think we should keep a special eye out for?


Dom (Morgan-Griffiths) is the same every year, he has got the potential to be the best player at the club I think, just really mean if he keeps his head. Pinpointing just one young player, I would say Shamal (Edwards), who has done really well this pre-season. Nebay (Halie) has done well and is still very young and has scored goals this pre-season. Razzaq (Coleman De Graft) is always up there, but I think my pick out of all of them is Hady (Ghandour), who has had a really good season and is doing exactly what the manager is asking of him, he listens and he is my tip for the top goal scorer.

Full Q&A with new chair Caroline McRoyall  

Can you give us a brief overview of your career to date?


After university I worked at a Sports Centre, then for Merton Council as a Leisure Development Officer. I looked after the council’s holiday playschemes, teams for the London Youth Games and the community football programme. It was around the time that Wimbledon moved to Milton Keynes so the borough was keen to ensure community activity continued to be delivered by a local club so I worked with AFC Wimbledon and Tooting & Mitcham to agree boundaries and a programme of activity. After this I worked for London FA as a Football Development Officer, before moving to Surrey FA in 2007.


What was your previous role with the Surrey FA?


I started at Surrey FA as their County Development Manager. I was responsible for overseeing the football development department whose aim was to grow participation and improve standards. I also managed the County FA’s Facility Strategy, advising Local Authorities, schools and clubs of funding available and worked with them to progress projects, one of these included Tooting & Mitcham’s development of the back 3G artificial pitch and resurface of the front artificial pitch.


In Dec 2013 Ray Ward left Surrey FA and I was made Interim CEO before getting the position on a permanent basis in May 2014. During this time, I managed the day to day operations of the organisation as well as ensuring the business achieved its strategic goals. I project managed the relocation of the organisation to the new purpose-built office and 3G artificial football pitch at Meadowbank Football Ground, securing a long-term lease from Mole Valley District Council. As well as steering the organisation to become a registered charity and be the first County FA to achieve the Intermediate Level of the Equality Standard for Sport.


What was your impression of Tooting & Mitcham United FC, before you joined the club?


I have had quite a long association with the club and have always been impressed by the scale of activities that go on, however I feel because there is so much going on sometimes the club can appear disorganised and due to response times they can miss out on opportunities.  


Why did you agree to come to the club?


I feel the club has a great ethos and ambitions for the future, which will result in a great community facility, so its an exciting time to join the club with which I have a history and hopefully help with improving the structures and the organisation of the club to ensure its as efficient as possible but continues its welcoming and community feel.


Is this a voluntary or paid appointment?


The Chair role is voluntary, but I will be undertaking some paid work on a consultancy basis for the club to develop Farm Road Playing Fields, creating extra pitches.


Do you have any previous association with T&MUFC – other than through your previous role at the Surrey FA?


I used to live in Mitcham and went to Gorringe Park School so walked past the Sandy Lane ground daily and attended a few matches with my mum and brother.


Having attended the Charlton and Reading game, what are your first impressions of the club?


I was struck immediately by how welcoming everyone was and just how many volunteers are involved in match days. It was great to talk to many members and hear about there association with the club many of whom have been involved since their childhood. In terms of the actual team performance I felt we did well although lacked any clinical finishing (although the strength of the wind didn’t help against Reading). The team looked organised and able to pass the ball well and considering the number of changes for both games everyone seemed to have a good understanding of the system and the way the managers wanted the team to play, showing good strength in depth.


What do you see as your main strengths & what attributes are you hoping to bring to this new role?


My main strengths are my knowledge of strategy, football development, funding, governance, and inclusion. I also have a few contacts within the game that may be useful. I am an organised and driven person with strong management skills.


What do you see as the key functions of your role?


I see my key functions to ultimately be an ambassador of the club and to try and raise the profile of the club, through various means such as fan engagement, social media and marketing. I will work closely with the members club to ensure the smooth running of match days, sponsorship and membership and with the Chair of the youth section to ensure there is a pathway for players.

I also hope to support the growth and development of the club and increase the opportunities for women & girls.


What will be your immediate priorities?


To fully understand the structures and the personnel (both staff and volunteers) currently in place


Will your role overlap with Steve Adkins or are there clear demarcation lines agreed?


Steve will be concentrating on the strategic plans for developing Imperial Fields and is obviously still the major shareholder of Tooting & Mitcham Sports & Leisure Ltd, who control the budgets for the club but we will be in regular communication to ensure the club is developing as intended.  



What would success look like for you this season?


That the club is well organised and run smoothly in all areas. There is more engagement from fans/ supporters and that the first team perform well, improving on their results of last season.


Can we expect you to take an active role in supporting the Members Club?


Yes, I am looking to work closely with the Members club and support them where I can.


Can we expect to see you on match days supporting the club?


I hope to attend quite a few home games.  


What is your thoughts on our promotion chances this year?


It’s probably too early to for me to tell but I would hope we can get into the playoff places.


If you could change one thing about football or the club what would it be?


I would like to see more funding for grassroots football clubs. It has increased significantly over the years but when you see the amount of money at the top of the game it’s crazy that more isn’t distributed to grassroots football to support the next generation of players, coaches and referees.


Is there anything else we should know about you?


I support Tottenham Hotspur and my favourite player growing up was Gary Lineker. I started playing football at the age of 14 and played for Sutton United Ladies and Worcester Park as either left back or central defence. I gained my FA Coaching Certificate in 1998 and qualified as a referee (although I never actually refereed a game as I was still playing).

Lexus Beeden signs professional contract with Reading FC after successful trial 

The club have announced that Lexus Beeden has signed a professional contract at Championship side Reading FC after a successful trial this summer. Lexus, 19 was a regular in the first team last season and put in some impressive performances, catching the eye of Reading where he went on trial for a few weeks in June and July. We spoke with Lexus about his move after he passed the medical on Friday 8th August,

Congratulations on your move to Reading Lexus, how excited are you to get started? 

I am very excited, it has been a long journey, and now I am really ready to get started to be honest.

You have been at Tooting for a few years now, how much of an impact has it had on you playing here and how has it aided your progression?

From developing from under 23s Football, I didn't play their for long but played there long enough to learn little things. I have got to thank Ashley and Cornelius for giving me the chance to play in the first team. You don't really get too many 18 year olds playing first team Football at this level, and it was a bit of a big jump which made me a bit scared at the start. I then learnt little things, developed and the experience really helped me.

You join Abraham, Sam and Isaiah in signing pro deals this year. How was it for you playing with those guys?


It was really good, being we are all friends and knowing we are finally getting out of our home environment which isn't the best nowadays and doing well for ourselves and moving on to play professional Football. 

You are going straight into the academy at Reading, what are your goals for the next 6 months?

I am hoping to at least make my debut with the under 23s and regularly train, and then make a great impression and go out on loan for even more experience.

Lexus will be at attendance at Saturdays game against Ramsgate to say goodbye to the club before moving to Reading. We would like to wish Lexus all the best and we will no doubt be hearing more about the talented youngster. 

Caroline McRoyall to replace Steve Adkins as Chair at the club 

Steve Adkins is stepping down as Chair of TMUFC and will be replaced by Caroline McRoyall, formerly CEO of the Surrey FA at the start of the 2019/20 season

After many years as Chair Steve intends to concentrate on the strategic plans for Imperial Fields which will ensure the long-term security of TMUFC and the TM UNITED Hub.  The Organisation is the centre of the local community creating opportunities for everyone in sport, health, education and leisure.  He remains as the major shareholder of Tooting and Mitcham Sports and Leisure Ltd who own the Club

In a statement Steve said:

My time as Chair of the Club has been a roller-coaster, with the highs of promotion and lows of relegation!  My proudest moments have to include creating opportunities for the young people of South London.  During my chairmanship young players have gone on to professional football clubs and many others have been given opportunities to find their place in the community.  The last couple of seasons have been my proudest and the potential of the Club has never been greater.  To be able to pass on the stewardship to Caroline is fantastic.  She has been involved with football throughout her career.  Her knowledge and experience will create even more opportunities for the Club and its community

Caroline responded


I am honoured to be joining Tooting and Mitcham FC as Chair and relish the opportunity to support the club in its pivotal role of developing players and providing a wide range of activities for the local community. 

7th August 2019


Steve Adkins is stepping down as Chair of TMUFC and will be replaced by Caroline McRoyall, formerly CEO of the Surrey FA at the start of the 2019/20 season

After many years as Chair Steve intends to concentrate on the strategic plans for Imperial Fields which will ensure the long-term security of TMUFC and the TM UNITED Hub.  The Organisation is the centre of the local community creating opportunities for everyone in sport, health, education and leisure.  He remains as the major shareholder of Tooting and Mitcham Sports and Leisure Ltd who own the Club

In a statement Steve said:


My time as Chair of the Club has been a roller-coaster, with the highs of promotion and lows of relegation!  My proudest moments have to include creating opportunities for the young people of South London.  During my chairmanship young players have gone on to professional football clubs and many others have been given opportunities to find their place in the community.  The last couple of seasons have been my proudest and the potential of the Club has never been greater.  To be able to pass on the stewardship to Caroline is fantastic.  She has been involved with football throughout her career.  Her knowledge and experience will create even more opportunities for the Club and its community

Caroline responded


I am honoured to be joining Tooting and Mitcham FC as Chair and relish the opportunity to support the club in its pivotal role of developing players and providing a wide range of activities for the local community. 

 Tooting & Mitcham United – a hot bed for talented young local players

It is always a proud moment for any non-league club to see one of their academy players sign a professional Football contract; so imagine having 3 of the academy securing deals within a few just weeks of each other. Tooting & Mitcham United last week announced that academy players Isaiah Jones, 20, Samuel Folarin, 18, secured professional contracts at Championship club Middlesbrough after successful trials earlier this year, while Abraham Odoh, 18, signed a permanent deal at Charlton Athletic after a very successful 3 month trial. The news of the deals begs the question, why is Tooting & Mitcham a hot bed for talented young players? 

In the summer of 2018, Chairman Steve Adkins made the brave move of promoting joint managers Ashley Bosah and Cornelius Nwadialor to the first team, as well as keeping their coaching duties within the under 23s and the academy. They were also joined by long term serving player turned coach Jordan Wilson, to operate in a dual assistant manager role and player/coach. The news did raise eyebrows amongst some fans, however the chairman was insistent that the pairs experience in the academy and the policy to bleed young players up to the first team was the most sustainable way for the club.  

The coaching team of Ashley, Cornelius and Jordan have seen the players grow from the academy at the club to the professionals they now are and reflect proudly on their accomplishments. Cornelius highlighted the coaching team’s passion for youth development and how the recent news has underlined their hard work as well as the players. 

“It is a massive achievement from everyone involved at the club, we are really chuffed with it. We have wanted to see something like this since managing the development and the under 23s; it has always been an aspiration of ours to achieve seeing players come through the ranks”  

The club has had his ups and down over recent years from a cup winning season to a relegation, but the coaching team believe, with the backing of the chairman, promoting young players within the academy through the first team is an exciting project. 

“I think it kind of suits us now that is doesn’t always work, as some clubs that may try it and they fail it would be seen as going against their club way. With our involvement with the youth, we have played them in friendlies, cup games so we get to see their temperament in that environment and of course we know Isiah inside and out now. There is always a risk playing the younger players, as you don’t know what they are going to give you on the day and whether anxiety is going to take over”. 

Ashley highlights the club’s locality aligned with the talent in south London as just 2 of many factors behind the success of the young players at the club. 

“Locality helps, players can get here easily and also the fact that south London has always had a  pool of talented players. There is definitely an element of bravery from the coaching team to put them out there. It is an element of developing the players and not taking them out of the team as soon as they make mistakes, but coaching them to show how they could of played it differently in those situations. It may cost us a match, points or even a cup which we have experienced as part of the risk” 

Fellow coach and first team player Jordan Wilson has coached the players from the start and said he tried to use his own experience in being in the Charlton Athletic academy 10 years ago to give advice to the players.  

“I think we (coaching staff) can relate to the players that come to the club, not saying it was terrible but it wasn’t always easy ( growing up in ht surrounding areas) and I think that helps us understand the players as well as them understanding us. We don’t mind having chat with them, staying late and at times boring them to death but I think it works. If they take in 10% of what we say in, then I feel we have done our jobs. I went through the academy system from 9 through to 18; I understand the importance of your coach understanding the player. When I was at Charlton, I was a young and aggressive kid that was fast, skillful and would score goals but I played on the edge and would like to fight, the coaches didn’t really get me and I wasn’t really managed in that environment. All 3 of the lads are technically all good enough to play at this level, it is just that mental side of living like a professional that is the key for them now” 

The oldest of the 3 academy players Isaiah Jones, had previously had a trial with Charlton Athletic back in 2018 and despite the club showing interest in him, Isaiah felt it was not the right time for him. It was this season that Isiah really made an impression in the first team which ended the season with 10 goals as well as showcasing some breathtaking performances on the wing at the Imperial Fields ground. Isiah also made the Bostik team of the year, and claims it was a discussion with first team coaches after Charlton showed interest for the second time that

caused him to re-evaluate his approach to Football. 

“I think it was after a meeting I had with Jackie (club secretary), Ashley, Cornelius and Jordan about how Charlton came in for me again, and Jordan gave me advice saying you are too good to be playing at this level with the ability I had. I knew I had the ability, but I have to admit I wasn’t consistent with my ability, at times I was lethargic and it got to a stage in the season where I didn’t really care about Football as much. I don’t know what the reason was, I just didn’t care as much. After that meeting though, it gave me points to push my game more and be more consistent on a week to week basis, in training and in all the matches. I have to admit the advice I got from the coaching team was very good, and look at me now I am a professional Football player. This is just the start though; I still got to graft more and try to get to the first team”.  

Isaiah will be joined by fellow academy player and good friend Samuel Folarin in Middlesbrough, who didn’t make as many first team appearances in the first team as Isaiah, however caught the eye in the 20 games he did play. Sam admits that when he joined the Tooting & Mitcham academy at 16, he saw Football as more of a hobby. 

“I can’t lie, at first I wasn’t dedicated to Football, I just came playing and thinking this is just a hobby as I just don’t think I saw my potential. It was the coaches who said to me that I am actually a really good player; and what really inspired me was that the coaches telling me that this ‘hobby’ can change my life and my parent’s life. It really had me thinking that I don’t want to be staying on Old Kent road, where I live my whole life but living life and be financially free, although I am not saying money is the reason that motivated me, but the chance to earn good money, live a good life and play Football which I like, then why not?”  

The young players have had to go a more unconventional route to the professional game via non-league Football, similar to that of the clubs most famous export Michail Antonio, now at West Ham Uninted. Isaiah felt his time in non-league has benefited his game. 

“I think the route (non-league) is good, for me I was in the first team at 18 so I could show my talent against older players and see how physical you have to be. I feel, for the next 10 years is the best route in my opinion”  

Jackie Watkins, club secretary claimed when she would speak to the clubs after the trials, a lot of then found the players played differently from those based in club academies. 

“Since the players have been on trial, they say the one thing the clubs say is that the one thing the lads have from here is a natural flair. When Isaiah went to Middlesbrough, they said he lit up the pitch and brought a new spark to the team. I think a factor is that they haven’t had the academy training, where a lot of known to drill that out of you and you were allowed to express yourself. The coaches here allow them to play their own game, then try to coerce you into being a better player within your own talents”  

Jordan believes the non-league route is a more realistic route for players in the local area.  

“For players in the area, joining our club is likely to be more realistic route. With the facilities that we have here, and if you want to play Football you have got everything here, with the current coaching team and their backgrounds they are well placed to coach the players we attract. We watched Abraham at Charlton earlier this season, you just knew he has got something these other lads haven’t got. They play a certain way but when you step into the men’s game and non-league you can express yourself but you are getting smashed every week. To go and play against your own age group, it just feels easier. For me, he looked head and shoulders above the other players on the pitch” 

With the exits of Isaiah, Sam and Abraham looming, the hard work continues for the coaching team to work with the youngsters at the club to find the replacements; while giving themselves a well deserved pat on the back. The future is bright for all 3 players and with Tooting & Mitcham putting in the work they are, don’t be surprised to see more come through the gates at the Imperial Fields ground in the coming years.