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• Uni Boys
• Old Fellers Tournament
• Marshall's Match Reports
• Seeya Shane
• Club Of The Year Again
• Golden Boot In The USA
• Where's Greg?
• Shroot v Mitchell
• Balham FC Promoted
• Petts Wood
• First Team BBQ
• Aaron And QPR Win The League
• Don’t Forget The Tupperware
• Kit Washers
• Sky Diving Keeper
• Roger At Luton
• Hat Trick Debut
• Darren Departs
• Cardiac Risk In The Young
• Physio Clinic Suspended
• Uni Boys
• The Last Session
• Help For Heroes
• Crutts Awarded
• Young Leader
• Balham Meets The Marines
• FA Charter Standard In-Service
• Shrooty Grabs The Winner
• Blazers In the USA
• Lyle In Jamaica
• The Extremo
• Burgundy Beast
• BBFC At The Olympics
• First Team Promoted
• Club Secretary Of The Year
• Summer League
• Glory Glory Balham Blazers
We look forward, once term ends, to welcoming back at training, over the Christmas and New Year period, all the Balham players currently out of London at University. They include: Julian Fuller at Aston, Daniel Forde at Cambridge, Alfie Cruttwell at Birmingham, Michael McConnell at Southampton, Guy Farquharson at Leeds Met, Jermaine Townsend at Hull, Eliot Garcia at Bournemouth, Tom Jelliffe and Tom Read at Loughborough, Haydn Read at Oxford Brookes and Ramoy Jones at Hertfordshire. Alec Fiddes, who spent last season in Spain on the books of league one team, Leida Esportiu, is now back in the UK, where he is combining playing for Weston Super Mare FC in the Skrill Football Conference South, with doing a degree at Bristol University. Joe Holland, who attended university in the USA is back playing for Merstham FC in the Ryman League and Jamie Brason, who also attended university across the pond, is back where all Blazer boys belong, in the First Team squad, at Balham FC.
Players past their prime but, who still fancy that they have a bit of the Messi about them, will be taking to the 3g at Chestnut Grove School, SW12 8JZ, in a keenly contested eight team tournament. Squads can be up to 10 players. Entry fee is £10 per player.
We're seeking entries from eight teams who will play in two groups, followed by two semi-finals and a final. Group games will commence at 6.30pm and the final will finish at 9pm.
So, why not put a team together from the BBFC age group that you are involved with, or, if you have a work team outside the club or a group of friends that you play with, why not enter them.
First come first served, so get on the case NOW!
If any individuals want to be placed on a team let us know and we’ll try and sort it out.
Entries with team names to: Greg Cruttwell at email@example.com or call 07763 581 523
All monies raised, in what is an important fund raiser, will go towards the running costs of Balham Blazers FC. Players, check this out for some inspiration.
Marshall Travers-Elwin has played terrific football for Balham Blazers since he started with the Under 9 Colts four years ago. Unfortunately he’s out for the current season with a serious knee injury. Instead Marshall - a.k.a. M#5 - is presenting and posting Match Reports for his team, the Under 13 Eagles.
You can watch them at: www.youtube.com/FootballTBG Make sure to subscribe for regular updates!
At social events he always had the amber nectar in his hand and on the field of play he tackled like a Tasmanian Devil and buzzed about the pitch, with no little skill, like a dingo on speed. Whether playing at full back or in midfield Balham's Socceroo, Shane Robinson, who is heading back down under after two years in London, was always on the money and never had a poor game. His last appearance for the club on Saturday October 26th was a fitting climax as he came off the bench to help his mates from the metropolis through to the quarter finals of the League Cup. Opponents won't miss him but everyone at Balham will do. He's been a "great guy" to work with since he turned up at a pre season session in 2012 on Clapham Common, looking for a good club to try out for. We all wish him well back in his homeland, whether playing, coaching or watching Del Piero in the twilight of his career. We are also banking on super Shane organising a Balham FC pre season tour to Oz for us. Hooroo Shane!
Having won it previously in 2011, we are delighted to announce that Balham Blazers FC has won the London FA Charter Standard Club of the Year again in 2013. The award was presented to Balham Blazers FC and Balham FC General Manager, Greg Cruttwell, at the Awards Ceremony at Crystal Palace FC on Thursday September 12th.
Balham Blazers stalwart, Aaron Mitchell, had an amazing trip to the USA with his QPR U18 squad. Living the dream, Aaron, a second year scholar, scored a hat trick against Inter Milan and two against Liverpool, who QPR beat 5-1 in the tournament final. Aaron, who plays in midfield, won the golden boot as tournament top scorer. Nice one Aaron!!! Click on the link for further information
Can you spot BBFC General Manager, Greg Cruttwell, on holiday in France, in amongst the sunflowers?.
Former BBFC Coach Robin Shroot (wearing orange in the photo) came up against former BBFC player and current U14 Coach, Aaron Mitchell (number 21 in the photo) when Stevenage played QPR in an U21 pre season game on Tuesday July 16th. Robin, who used to coach Aaron at BBFC, was one of a number of over age players on show. Although QPR lost 2-0, Aaron, who is only 17, got to play alongside Anton Ferdinand, Luke Young and Jose Bosingwa.
It's official - Balham FC have been promoted. Two seasons, two promotions and another step nearer to The Champions League. Many congratulations to all involved with the First Team, who having lost their first three games of the season, lost only one of the remaining seventeen, to finish third in the SSEC Intermediate Division 2. They scored seventy goals in twenty league games and had the best goal difference in the league. They also played some fantastic football. Next season Balham will be in Intermediate Division 1, which is two steps below the Combined Counties League, which the club is aiming to get to.
Congratulations to our U18s who won the Petts Wood 6 a side tournament on Sunday June 30th. After a slow start the team got into it’s stride to qualify from the group stage courtesy of 1-0 and 3-0 wins in their final two games. They then won the semi 2-0 and the final 2-1 with a golden goal in extra time from Reynell Ashie. The same squad were also runners up the previous weekend at the Guildford City tournament.
Once the burgers were demolished, along with a few beers and the football quiz winners, Dan David and Zak Elbekri, had been showered with Lindt chocolates, there was time for a bit of footie on the lawn, watched over by Shane Robinson, our very own player from the land of the barbie, who seemed to have a bottle of Fosters in his hand from 3pm until he departed late in the evening - not the same bottle it should be said. Many thanks to the ever generous Jennie Molyneux for opening the doors of her home to the BFC rabble and to Charlotte for the delicious carrot and chocolate cakes.
Many congratulations to former BBFC player and current U14s coach, Aaron Mitchell, who played for QPR U18s in the Professional Development League Play-Off Final at Loftus Road on Wednesday May 15th. Not only did Aaron, a first year scholar at the club, have a cracking game himself but his QPR team won the final v Huddersfield Town FC 1-0. Nice one Aaron!
QUESTION: Is it more important when going to a Youth Team game, to win the match that you are playing or to make sure the Tupperware is returned to the households that filled it with half time snacks, pre and post match food?
ANSWER: Failure to win the match costs points but failure to return the Tupperware is a fate worse than death.
Many thanks to all those who wash kits for the club. If you're happy to fly the club colours on your washing line please let us know as we could do with more volunteers, especially for the BBFC Youth Team and the Balham FC First Team.
2012-13 Season news