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• 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


Fiddes Plays Real Madrid

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.

Talented Trio

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.

Gayle Blows In

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.

Pre Season Report

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.

Back To Back

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.

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.

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.

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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