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• CCL Fixtures Announced
• Two Scalps Not Taken
• First Team Pre Season Friendly Details
• Nike Partner Club
• Firsts On The Up Again
• Wibbandune Return
• West Division Champs
• BPFC Needs You

THE NEWS

CCL Fixtures Announced

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.


Two Scalps Not Taken

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.



Revised Pre Season Schedule

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



Two Scalps Taken

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.



Nike Partner Club

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..





Firsts On The Up Again

Congratulations to the Balham FC First Team who have finished as Runners Up in the SEIFL and as a result have successfully gained promotion to the Combined Counties League for the 2016-17 season. In 2011, when the First Team was formed, a 5 year target was set of getting 4 promotions in 5 seasons to reach the dizzy heights of the CCL. Had the facility requirements required to play at Step 6 been met the target would actually have been achieved last season, a year ahead of time, but, as it is, it's been completed bang on time. A new target has now been set.



Wibbandune Return

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.



West Division Champs

Many congratulations to the Balham FC Youth Team (defending SYL Champions), who for the second season running have won their Division (West) in the Southern Youth League and are into the overall League Championship Play Off Final in May against the winners of the South Division, which will be either Loxwood FC from Sussex, who made the play off finals last season or AFC Croydon Athletic.




21s Win TL Cup

Congratulations to the BBFC U21s who won the Tandridge League Cup Final on Thursday March 17th, beating Chipstead Kent FC 3-1 at Chipstead FC in Surrey. A blistering fifteen minute spell midway through the first half saw Balham take a stranglehold on the game with two goals from Morgan Roberts-Watson and another from Jack Haire. More could and should have followed after the break, but the only score was a Chipstead consolation. Skipper Zola Mafolo- Rodriguez went up to lift the trophy, sparking jubilant celebrations from the boys!


BPFC Needs You

Balham Panthers FC are looking to add committed, talented female players aged 16+ to the newest squad at Balham FC.
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