November 2020

Joint managers Ashley and Cornelius nominated in coaching and management category in Football Black List

Tooting & Mitcham United FC Joint Managers Ashley Bosah and Cornelius Nwadialor are named on the Football Black List alongside top footballers Marcus Rashford, Tyrone Mings, Troy Deeney, Wilfred Zaha and Chloe Morgan.

 

The Football Black List was founded in 2008 by sports journalists Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds and is designed to highlight positive influencers from the Black community in the sport and importantly, the list also helps to shine a light on deserving people working in the community and at the grassroots level of the game who often go uncelebrated.

 

A panel of experts from the Black community and football industry vote independently on nominations made by the public to determine who makes the list, with representation from the Premier League, The Football Association, Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers Association, English Football League, PGMOL, FARE, BCOMS and Kick It Out.

 

Ashley Bosah and Cornelius Nwadialor are named in the Coaching and Management section with Alex Dyer, Manager - Kilmarnock FC, Jason Euell, Under 23 Head Coach – Charlton Athletic FC. Karleigh Osborne, Women’s Head Coach – Brentford FC and Tony Whelan, Assistant Academy Director – Manchester United

 

The Voice Newspaper is the exclusive home of the Football Black List which creates an opportunity to celebrate the Black communities contribution to the industry, while also encouraging debate and discussion on how best to address the ongoing under-representation of people from African-Caribbean backgrounds away from playing.

 

On discovering their nomination Ashley Bosah said ‘It is great to be named on this prestigious list and have the grassroots level of game highlighted. I hope that it can inspire some of the young players we coach to consider the wide variety of roles in football beyond just playing’ 

 

Cornelius Nwadialor added ‘It is amazing to be recognised in this way amongst so many great names and shows that people recognise the difference we are trying to make at the club and within our community by helping players achieve their goals, be it in the professional game of football or just generally progressing within their personal lives.

 

The full list can be found http://footballblacklist.com/news/

 

For more information contact club Chair Caroline McRoyall by email on caroline@tmunited.org

Catch up with Cornelius 

Cornelius pictured with one of the new signings Mark Walters 

We caught up with co-manager Cornelius to discuss the season so far, the teams around the top of the table and how the new players have got on so far.

 

The abrupt break in the season came at a time where the team was performing very well. What do you think clicked?

 

I feel with us clicking, I think that comes from the hard work we did in pre-season. I think the problem was with the first 2 or 3 games, we had a lot of players out, and others that registrations that hadn’t come through as well as some international clearance that we also had to wait for. The first 2 games we were missing around 9 players, so we knew that once the 9 players had their paperwork come through, we knew we would start gelling as a team.

 

We have seen several new faces this season, with some already becoming fan favourites. How pleased are you and Ashley with the way they have started?

 

We have been very fortunate to be fair, one of two came through the trial period where we had players trialling for at least 4 to 5 weeks. Some of them hadn’t played at this level so was really good to see them work really hard and they were able to get into the team. Mark Walters was the stand out player from our trials, he played in Scotland at a good level so was quite easy for him to step in and find his feet. A few of the other new faces were players that had already played at this level as well as at a higher level, so Gary Ross is someone that has played at this level for years now and has the experience, so he was a real plus to come in. Jake Rose is another player that has played at pro level and in and around step 3 and 4, he was a really good coup bringing him in and he has added to the quality as well as a few others that have come in and done really well.

 

The top of the table is very tight already, what have you made of the start of the league?

 

For me and Ash, we always knew for the season for every team it was going to be up and down. As we are in a pandemic right now, it really depends on how every team can handle it due to the environment everyone’s camps are going to be in, so will be very difficult. We will see players isolating at random times and a lot of disruptions as well. For us, we just think that with the staff, the club and the volunteers having worked so hard, it has made it easier for us to train and have some sort of mental focus. At the end of the day, the whole season it will be up and down. There will be a few teams that everyone will have as their favourites and will still have a lot of quality so will be in and around the top, but I feel there will be a few shocks and it will go all the way to the wire. There will be those 2 or 3 teams we all know that will be up there, but feel 1 or 2 teams that have worked hard, that probably don’t have a budget but have brought in players that just want to play and work hard, which is always the easier way for any manager.

 

Danny Williams has really stepped up, filling the void of scoring goals with the departure of Danny Bassett and Hady Ghandour. How much of an important signing has Danny been since his arrival?

Danny Williams is a player we brought in last year to help with the promotion push, and as you can see with his first game, he came and scored, and kept on scoring. He was one of the players we really wanted to keep this season as we knew he would play a key part in our promotion push. As you know, we have lost a lot of players move to step 2, which to us is a ‘pro and con’ as we develop players and have a plan for every player that we have at the club. The plan is to do well for Tooting, but at the same time doing well for this club will open doors for them, which has always been the plan for any player we have brought in. As a coach, as well as the rest of our coaching staff, it is what we do when we come to work to develop players and to get 3 points, and if we are able to achieve both, it is happy days for us. From our ‘starting 11’ from last season, we have had several players go off to play step 2 and we still have conference clubs hovering around and looking at the quality that we have at the club. We know that is going to happen from now all the way to the end of the season, it is our job to always make sure we have players waiting to step up if anyone does leave, or their performance drops down, or injuries of course. With Danny Williams is always going to be difficult for someone to do what they did the previous year, and rekindle that same form. He had an outstanding time at Chalfont scoring loads of goals, then coming to a club that was fighting for promotion and knowing that teams will have 11 men behind the ball, which will be harder for him to score, yet he is still scoring. This season was a bit difficult for him to start off with, as his papers hadn’t come through and had some problems with his international clearance, but still had to get it sorted the right way. He ended up missing a very important game for the club, but we got him in for the second game but he lacked match sharpness. We knew once he got playing he would score goals, he looks very confident now and we believe he will keep fit during the lockdown and will be raring to go when we come back.

Important announcement about all fixtures

As per the FA’s announcement, all Tooting & Mitcham United FC fixtures will be suspended from Thursday 5th November until at least the Wednesday 2nd December and the facilities will be closed to all except our education provision.  

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers and staff that have supported the club since the restart of football in making sure our ground and facilities were Covid secure and to also thank our fans for following the guidelines.

 

It is disappointing that football has to stop particularly after all the hard work that we have put in place but let’s hope that this lockdown is effective and means that we can be back playing again next month.

 

During this time you can support the club and keep in touch in the following ways;

 

Visit our website and sign up for our newsletter https://www.tmunited.org/

 

Follow us on our social media platforms;

 

Visit our club shop for merchandise and kit - https://www.tmunited.org/shop

 

Donate via Crowdfunder page https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tmufc

 

Caroline McRoyall, Chair

Tooting & Mitcham United FC

October round up by Ed Parlett 

Well, we’ve been here before.

 

Although no official confirmation has been forthcoming from the Isthmian League, it now looks likely that competitive fixtures will be suspended for the month of November following the government’s announcement on Saturday evening regarding further nationwide restrictive measures.

 

That is a shame, as we have built some good momentum throughout October, although the month finished on something of a low with departure from the FA Trophy. That we exited to a team from a level above us, on their own pitch, was not in itself a disgrace as we matched them for long periods and had we managed to convert a penalty kick early in the second half, it could have been a very different story. A large travelling contingent journeyed down to the south coast to see how our young side would match up with a Bognor Regis Town team who had started the season well; their home record going into Saturday was three wins out of three, with eight goals scored and only one conceded. Not to be outdone, we took with us a similarly impressive away record of four wins out of four - with nine scored against one conceded - to play the immovable force to their irresistible object.

 

Ultimately, two home goals within a twelve minute spell late on proved the difference between the two teams; we had created chances, other than the penalty, but despite Troy Walters, Jamarie Brissett and Dontai Stewart all coming close we were not able to prolong our tenure in this competition.

 

We had earlier seen off Romford, from the Isthmian North, to set up the tie; Troy Walters made his full debut on that occasion and opened the scoring in a 2-0 win. Troy has been one of the finds of the season, signing on a dual registration with the Terrors (and Walton & Hersham) after moving to London from the west country to study at university. Daniel Williams got the second against Romford, one of five goals for him in the month and he heads our scoring charts with Jake Rose - both having netted five in all competitions.

 

Our league form showed four wins against only one defeat. Unfortunately, the defeat came in perhaps the highest profile fixture of the season so far, at home to Waltham Abbey on the 10th. Not only were the Non-League Paper giving double the amount of usual coverage, and sending a photographer to capture some shots, but a Sky Sports camera crew were also in the ground to record some footage for a special piece featuring ex-Terrors Academy graduate, Michail Antonio, to be shown prior to the Crystal Palace v Brighton Premier League game. Alas, their efforts were to record only one goal during the afternoon, scored from the penalty spot by our visitors to maintain their then 100% record and take them above us into second.

 

But apart from that disappointment, we recorded wins over Harlow Town, FC Romania, Staines Town and Bedfont Sports to complete an excellent points haul overall. The match at Staines, in particular, showcased some sparkling counter-attacking play as Elijah Simpson (on his return for a second spell with the Terrors), Jake Rose and Dan Williams added second half efforts to Troy Walters early opener to cap a memorable afternoon against one of our bogey sides, and register our first win against them in sixteen years, and nine attempts.

 

Elsewhere in the division, big-hitters Ware and Bracknell both flexed their muscles to move into threatening positions. Waltham Abbey head the table, after a fine start to the month - but they finished it with back-to-back defeats (at Barking, and at home to Westfield) to leave them looking a little vulnerable. Staines, perhaps surprisingly, sit in second having been lucky to see the abandonment of the last campaign which saw them in serious relegation danger. Ware matched our achievement of twelve points from fifteen available to move into third, though the three points they dropped were at home to Uxbridge, struggling to match their impressive form of last season, who sit in seventeenth.

 

Bracknell are the only unbeaten team in the division, and lay dangerously behind us in fifth, after registering a maximum haul of nine points in October; they have played two games less than most teams to account for their relatively ‘low’ position, but have dropped points only once this season (a draw) and look like real contenders again.

 

The much-fancied Hanwell had a strange month, recording wins at Westfield, Harlow and Chipstead but dropping points at home to perennial strugglers Northwood (1-1) and FC Romania (2-3) as well as going down to a last minute penalty at Chalfont St. Peter proving, once again, that nobody can be taken for granted in this division.

 

South Park, Northwood and, surprisingly, Harlow fill the bottom three slots (with two to go down); Harlow started the month with defeat at Imperial Fields and proceeded to lose all seven of the league games they contested, including a six-goal thumping at Ware. It could be a long, hard winter for the Hawks who would have fancied their chances of a play-off place when the season began.

 

Northwood joined Harlow as the only teams in the division who failed to record a league win in the month, though the one point they did manage was a standout one in that aforementioned trip to Hanwell.

 

Ex-Terror Leon Lalor-Dell registered six goals for South Park throughout October, but was unable to help them improve on only one win (against Northwood), although his two strikes at Staines helped them to a 4-4 draw there, unsurprisingly the highest scoring fixture of the month in the division.

 

Ordinarily, I would conclude the review by looking at the month ahead but with uncertainty clouding the immediate future, tasty looking fixtures at home to Westfield and Bracknell, as well as trips to Hanwell and Marlow may have to be rescheduled for later dates; as with so many things at the moment, we shall just have to wait and see...