• Shoot Hero
• 2016 FootGolf Open
• End Of Term Report
• BFC Christmas Game
• See The Big Boys Play
• England International
• Players Across The Pond
• First Term Uni Boys
• ISFA National Squad
• Brentnal Link
• Fiddes Plays Real Madrid
• Talented Trio
• Gayle Blows In
• Pre Season Report
• Back To Back
• CCL Fixtures Announced
• Two Scalps Not Taken
• Revised Pre Season Schedule
• Two Scalps Taken
• First Team Pre Season Friendly Details
• Nike Partner Club
• Firsts On The Up Again
• Wibbandune Return
• West Division Champs
• BPFC Needs You
Anyone who has been watching the Premiership football on BT Sport since Christmas will probably have seen an advert for Shoot Hero! starring a number Balham FC and Balham Blazers FC players at half time. Look out for U12s Jack Appleton and Jack Hedges in the crowd scene, U16 Dom Simpson-Last juggling a ball in a tunnel, dribbling past U16 Fred Fordham and striking a cracking volley. Look out for the skills of U16 Ellis Griffiths-Phipps pulling out a Round-the-World for good measure. Also involved are U16 Luke Hedges and U16 Nasseem Bakare with Luke getting the glory shot at the end from a low angle. First team players Grant Goodband and Fabrice Mbola are also heavily featured, with Jake Henry, Julian Fuller and Bryce Botsoi also making an appearance. The advert was shot by London Ad Agency Hatched London through the month of December. Well done to all those involved. If you have missed it so far then you can see it by clicking the following link. Check out the advert.
It was the day of the goalkeeper at the 2nd annual Balham FC FootGolf Open held at Addington Court Golf Centre on December 28th. Defending champion, Ollie Kanner had an afternoon to forget as did last year’s runner up, Tomasz Wocial. There were still a number of contenders after the front nine but the tournament leader, Haydn Read, pictured above in green, kept the other protagonists at bay to claim the crown with a seriously impressive five under par round of 59. Jake Henry, who posted a fine two under par 62 himself, ran the young keeper closest, with Greg Cruttwell just edging out a group of others to finish third..
Thankfully it’s been another excellent first term for the senior section of the club, Balham FC and the age group section, Balham Blazers FC.
Having been promoted to the Combined Counties League the Balham First Team are currently in contention at the right end of the table. As your Christmas dinners are demolished and crackers pulled we will be sitting in 5th place out of 18. There’s a long way to go and anything can happen but it’s good to be entering the new year with plenty to play for.
The Balham Youth team are currently second in the West Division of the Southern Youth League. They are also through to the semi finals of one cup and are still in contention in two others.
The Balham Panthers women’s team have once again found the going tough in Division Two of the Greater Women’s League but the squad is looking stronger than last season and hopes are high that in the long term we can build a very successful squad.
In the age group section at Balham Blazers FC I’m pleased to say that our Under 16 Eagles, Under 15 Colts, Under 14 Eagles and Under 12 Eagles are all still in contention for the Tandridge League A Division title, whilst our Under 16 Colts are challenging for promotion in the B Division.
5 out of our 9 teams entered into the London Cup, the Champions League of Youth football, are through to the quarter finals and a number of teams are still in the Tandridge League Cup.
Our younger teams, Under 7-Under 11, who play "non competitive football”, where results and league tables aren’t published, are all progressing very well, many achieving great things and most importantly playing the Balham brand of pass and move football.
Highlights in this first term include the performances of our Under 10s and Under 16 Eagles when they went to Motspur Park to play Fulham Academy teams, the announcement of the Balham FC Academy Programme for 16-18 year olds in conjunction with SFX College and seeing Fabio Carvalho become the first BBFC player to play internationally for an England age group team.
We are also very lucky to have had some excellent new coaches join the club this season and I’d particularly like to commend Jamie Morris and Derrick Williams for the excellent work they’ve done. I’d also like to commend returning coaches, Ben Carr and James Lacey.
Finally, on behalf of the Board of Directors (Mike Allen, Del Fordham, Jennie Molyneux and me) I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all players and their families a very Happy Christmas and New Year. I look forward to seeing you all back in training and action in 2017, aiming, as ever, to bring a bit of Barcelona to Balham.
Club Secretary & Director of Football
Despite the fact that a large number of players past and present are currently injured or away for the holidays it was great, as always, to see many familiar faces back home for the annual Balham First team Christmas game, held this year on December 22nd at Selhurst Arena. A three team tournament was the order of the night with those taking part serving up a reminder of the riches of talent that we’ve been lucky enough to work with and nurture in SW12.
Why not come and see the Balham FC First team play in 2017. Home league and cup matches in the Combined Counties League Division One kick off at 3pm on Saturdays at The Wibbandune Stadium, opposite 199-213 Robin Hood Way (A3 South Bound) London, SW20 0AA. Admission is £5 with £2 concessions and match day programmes are £1. It’s a lot cheaper than going to a Premiership or Championship game.
Monday December 19th was an extremely proud an historic day for BBFC as Fabio Carvalho became the first player from our club to play internationally for England. Fabulous Fabs, who is signed on a long contract at Fulham, wore the number 8 shirt in an Under 15 age group international against Turkey, played at St George’s Park. Sadly England lost the game but, on a brighter note, Fabio had a fine debut.
Balham has a number of players at university in the USA on four year “soccer” scholarships. Please see the article below on Joe Holland, who is achieving great things at the highly rated Hofstra University. Joe has won many accolades, which has led to him being one of only 53 players nationally vying for selection in the 2017 MLS Superdraft. Joe’s equally talented younger brother, Cornell Holland, is also on a scholarship as are fellow former BBFC players, Zola Mafolo-Rodriguez, Alfie Miller and Isaac Wong.
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It’s great to hear that the latest batch of Balham players who started at university in September are already making a considerable impression on the green baize at their respective places of learning. Frank Charnock, at Manchester, is not only in the first team but has been selected for the North of England University team. Jack Haire is already in the first team at Bristol and Ollie Archard and Jozef Ostrowski are also tearing it up at Portsmouth and Oxford Brookes.
We are proud to say that there were three BBFC players in the Independent Schools Football Association National Under 16 squad, who played friendlies against Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield at St George’s Park in December. Current Under 16 Eagles and Youth team player, Zach Wood, was joined by former Blazers, Sam Arbuckle, currently at Fulham and Will Donkin, currently at Chelsea. All three played key roles as the ISFA squad beat Forest 4-2 and Chesterfield 3-1.
Balham are delighted to have formed an unofficial link with Brentnal FC, a strong, well run, local club that shares the same playing ethos. The link has seen us loan players to the club who are having an excellent season challenging in the top division of the Wimbledon & District League. This is beneficial for Brentnal as it strengthens their squad, which is relatively small in number and helps with their push for the league title. It is also beneficial for Balham as it gives us the chance to give players recovering from injury, or who are not featuring regularly in the first team, much needed game time.
Former BBFC Youth team player, Alec Fiddes, who recently graduated from Bristol University, swapped pre season at Balham to sign for Amorebieta in the Spanish League in September. Having featured in a couple of friendlies for Balham whilst travelling back and forth to Spain to secure a pro contract, no sooner had he signed on the dotted line than he was in the first team playing a full 90 minutes against Real Madrid Castilla, who had Zidane’s son, Enzo, in their team. The game which was shown live on Real Madrid TV was a tight affair which Los Blancos edged 3-2.
Special Achievement Award Winner, Ollie Archard, First Team Player of the Year, Frank Charnock and Youth Team Player of the Year, Jack Haire, have all gone off to university in September and everyone at the club wishes them great success. Three universities are going to be getting three top footballers. The talented young trio played key roles for the first team and youth team last season and will be greatly missed. We look forward to seeing them back in Balham however when they return to the metropolis and following the completion of their degrees, we hope to see them all back in black and white in the First team on a regular basis.
We are delighted to welcome Daniel Gayle from the London FA to Balham FC and Balham Blazers FC. Daniel has been assigned to our club for the season as a coaching advisor and mentor. He will be working closely throughout the 2016-17 campaign with different squads and will also be putting on workshops for coaches, players and supporters.
Balham's nine game pre season campaign, which started in early July, has been very good in the main. The highlights were undoubtedly 4-1 wins over last season's CCL Champions, Hartley Wintney and a 2-1 win against former non league giants, Walton & Hersham, who Balham Manager, Greg Cruttwell, can remember seeing play and win the FA Amateur Cup, with his grandad, in front of 41,000 at Wembley in 1973. Along with many good performances there have also been some hiccups and too many sloppy goals conceded, something that will need rectifying if the season ahead is to go well. 39 players have been used in preparation for Balham's debut season in the Combined Counties League Division One, with skipper, Michael McConnell, the only injury victim following a nasty double wrist fracture in the landlords v tenants derby at the Wibbandune. Until it heals and he can challenge for a place again he'll be joining all those on the sidelines cheering on his team mates as they embark on what is sure to be an exciting new adventure.
There were back to back wins in pre season game five and six for the tikki-taka boys from SW12 against two sides from the Surrey Elite League. On Wednesday July 27th Balham played Project Clapham at Sutton Utd, winning 3-1 thanks to goals from the three B's: Boncoeur, Bolt and Bartley. On Saturday July 30th Balham hosted NPL at Southfields Academy, winning another good workout 4-2. This time the goals came from Luchford, Adebayo, Fuller and Elbekri. These games saw the goalscoring debut of Alex Bolt, of centre back Marc Farr, formerly of SEIFL Champions, Horsley FC and of goalkeeper, Steve Harman, formerly of Old Boys Clapham FC. They also saw the return of stalwarts Zak Elbekri, Julian Fuller and last season's Players Player of the Year, Frank Charnock.
Balham will be making their debut in the Combined Counties League, Division One, away to Shearwater FC on Saturday August 13th. The first home game v Ash United, will be on Saturday August 20th. For a full list of fixtures through to February 2017 see the fixtures page.
Following the excellent opening two pre season performances and victories against higher league opposition in Walton & Hersham and Hartley Wintney, Balham came back down to earth on Tuesday July 19th losing to AFC Croydon Athletic, very narrowly and then to Colliers Wood Utd, in the landlords v tenants derby at the Wibbandune on Saturday July 23rd. All four games against teams in divisions above have been very useful, both in terms of confirming the club can compete against teams at this level but also in highlighting areas where improvement is needed.
Saturday July 9th v Walton & Hersham - 3.45pm at Southfields Academy
Saturday July 16th v Hartley Wintney - 3pm at Southfields Academy
Tuesday July 19th v AFC Croydon Athletic - 7pm at AFC Croydon Athletic
Saturday July 23rd v Colliers Wood Utd - 3pm at Colliers Wood Utd
Wednesday July 27th v Project Clapham - 7.45pm at Sutton Utd
Saturday July 30th v NPL - 3pm at Southfields Academy
Tuesday August 2nd v Tooting Bec - 7.45pm at Southfields Academy
Saturday August 6th v AFC Spelthorne - 3pm at Spelthorne Sports FC
Balham could not have started pre season in finer fashion. On Saturday July 9th we hosted Walton & Hersham, who having come down from the Ryman League South will be playing in the CCL Premier Division in 2016-17. An assured performance, with some quality football played, resulted in a well deserved 2-1 win, courtesy of goals from Thomas Fosse and Louis Faquharson. The second pre season encounter, on Saturday July 16th, looked a particularly daunting prospect against last season's CCL Premier Division Champions, who had won their previous three pre season games at a canter. Balham knew they'd have to be at their best to come away with anything, but at their best they were. A disciplined performance, full of creativity, resulted in a 4-1 win. French numero neuf, Jerome Boncoeur, got a hat trick and "Spiderman" Jamal Bartley got the other one, which came late on at the end of some fantastic free flowing football. It would of course be extremely dangerous to read too much into taking the scalps of two clubs who are in the division above Balham this season, in what are only pre season games, however much better to have won them and played well in doing so than to have fallen flat on our faces.
We are delighted to announce that Balham FC have been invited by Nike to become a Nike Partner Club. Very few clubs nationally are offered this prestigious opportunity and we have agreed a three year deal which offers our club many benefits. One of them is the opportunity to attend Coaching Events at the National Football Centre at St George's Park and no sooner was pen put to paper than Balham Coaches, Ollie Kanner, Pedro Soares and Tomasz Wocial were off there bright and early on Saturday June 11th for a European Championship weekend, which included working with former England Internationals, Graeme Le Saux and Ray Wilkins.
We are delighted to announce that Balham FC will be moving back to the Wibbandune next season, on the A3 Southbound, ground sharing with Combined Counties League residents, Colliers Wood Utd. Both the Balham First team and Youth Team will be playing there. We would like to thank Cobham FC for their hospitality at the Reg Madgwick Stadium in 2015-16 and wish them luck with the ground developments currently taking place there and with future ground shares.
Balham Panthers FC are looking to add committed, talented female players aged 16+ to the newest squad at Balham FC.
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