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• Five At Leg O'Mutton
• Impressive Performance
• Our Man In Dubai
• Tough Life
• Brazil Report
• Jack Petchey May Award
• Balham Sizzle
• Two Minutes Away
• Flying Start
• Presentation Evening
• Goal Machine Olutade
• Southern Youth League Champions
• Sportsmanship Trophy
• Cobham Groundshare
• 18s Superb Season
• Waving The Wibb Goodbye
• Firsts Facility Frustration
• SEIFL Top Scorer

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Five At Leg O'Mutton

Balham's fifth pre season game, played at their ground share home at Leg O'Mutton Field, produced another good performance to beat co habitants Cobham 5-2 on Wednesday July 29th. Two first half goals from Jermaine Townsend and one from Jerome Boncoeur gave the boys from SW12 a 3-2 half time lead, which was added to after the break by Eddie Luchford and Richie Emmett, who has now scored five in his four games for the club. Balham also had a goal disallowed, Jake Henry, skipper on the night, hit the bar and the Cobham keeper pulled off two outstanding saves. Balham keeper, Alfredo Kuklinski, although called into action from time to time, had a quieter evening.


Impressive Performance

Balham put in their most impressive pre season performance thus far to come back from 1-0 down to beat top six Combined Counties Premier League side, Spelthorne Sports, in a humdinger on Saturday July 25th, at their ground in Middlesex. Goals from Eddie Luchford, playing his first game since returning from his gap year in Australia and new signing Richie Emmett, who now has four in three games, won the day. There were many contenders for man of the match, from new keeper, Alfredo Kuklinski, who pulled off some stunning saves, all the way through the fifteen players on duty, in what was a spellbinding performance in Spelthorne.


Our Man In Dubai

Having relocated to Dubai towards the end of the season, Balham First Team stalwart, Adam Hall, has been playing in the Dubai Amateur Football League (DAFL) for Dubai FC. A very well run club he says, not quite as good as Balham, but with five senior teams of varying ability. The first team play in the prem division and there are some serious players in the league (ex pros etc.) Adam, far right in the team pic above, got a couple games in at the end of the season for the first team. Apparently the pitches are amazing. His team played in an end of season cup competition and won it, playing on the Dubai 7s Emirates pitch in the final which is modelled on the Emirates Arsenal pitch. They then got into a 7-a-side summer league, where they played 36 games, Tuesday and Sunday, over 8 weeks, won 34, drew 1 and lost 1, all in 38+ degrees heat on 3g! His team capped it off by winning a champions league of all the 7-a-side leagues in Dubai. In short: eight weeks,
four trophies and most impressively of all very nearly a sun tan.


Tough Life

There's not a blade of grass in sight, as the picture above testifies, for Balham First Team skipper, Zak Elbekri, who is in Morocco for a month, which means doing most of his pre season in the sweltering heat. He was hoping to train with a team near his family home there but as they are still in season that hasn't been possible. He's managed instead though to play in local games and also every day on the beach. Sun, sea, sand and football - it's a tough life.


Brazil Report

It's good to report that Our Man In Brazil, Julian Fuller, has had a great time out there on his year long placement from Aston University. He's played a lot of football too for his University team. Lots of tournaments, intense heat and a lot of passion, not surprisingly. His team made it to the University Cup Competition final but unfortunately with tempers flaring and two red cards - not our boy of course - they finished runners up. Julian, who is fourth from the right on the back row in the team pic above, is now on his way home to London via family in the USA and we all look forward to seeing one of Balham's finest young players in SW12 again before he heads north to Birmingham for his final year.


Jack Petchey May Award

It was the turn of the Balham FC Youth Team to nominate one of their peers for the Jack Petchey Achievement Award and Jamal Bartley was the worthy winner. Pictured is Jamal receiving his award from Jack Petchey Coordinator Patrick Walker. After being nominated for the award Youth Team manager Greg Cruttwell said "Jamal has been an exceptional leader both on and off the pitch for our Southern Youth League Championship winning Under 18 team. Jamal is a fierce competitor who leads by example but, he is a totally honourable person. Despite being an extremely talented footballer, with huge potential, Jamal is as modest and humble as they come. As an inspirational captain, totally respected and admired by his peers, his leadership, along with his stellar performances on the pitch and his fantastic attitude and commitment to training, makes him special and has been a key factor in our U18 team's success"
Congratulations to Jamal.


Balham Sizzle

Balham were in sizzling form on a sunny Saturday July 18th in their third pre season game, putting thirteen past Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers. The game started brightly with both teams playing well. A brilliant move from back to front saw Balham open the scoring which they then added to a further six times in the first half. Another six followed the break as Balham's young guns took on board the simple half time message to keep pushing, pressing and hitting the back of the net. The goals a plenty, many of them corkers, came from Jake Henry(2), Jamal Bartley(2), Luke Fenlon(2), Richie Emmett(2), Thomas Fosse(2), James Adebayo, Ollie Archard and Jermaine Townsend. The only frustrating blot on an otherwise peachy performance was a goal conceded when the score was 2-0. When you've scored so many at the other end it's difficult to be too critical but the aim in every game always has to be to keep a clean sheet.


Two Minutes Away

Balham were two minutes away from beating Croydon Athletic on Wednesday July 15th. The pre season game against opposition two leagues higher was very even throughout. Balham took the lead in the first half when Tomasz Wocial converted a clear penalty. Croydon gained parity however just before the break. New striker, Richie Emmett, making his debut as a second half substitute looked to have scored the winning goal with a fine drilled finish from a Dan David assist but two lapses of concentration at the death meant the only downside in what was an extremely encouraging Balham performance was the unfortunate final 2-3 result.


Flying Start

Balham made a flying start to the new campaign in the first pre season game of 2015-16, against Chelsea Kickz, on Sunday July 12th. Four goals from last season's top scorer, Jerome Boncoeur and one a piece from James Adebayo, Jermaine Townsend and Tomasz Wocial, from the penalty spot, meant Balham ran out 7-2 winners on the 3g pitch at Southfields Academy.


2015 BBFC Presentation Evening

The sun was blazing on a glorious Friday night at the 2015 Carter Jonas BBFC Presentation Evening on July 10th. Players, parents, families and friends from all of the club's seventeen teams gathered at Trinity Fields for the annual awards evening when the club comes together to celebrate the achievements of all of our teams. It's been another great season for both the senior section, Balham FC and youth section, Balham Blazers FC. Congratulations to all the individual club award winners and many thanks to those who have helped behind the scenes from pre season back last August to now in July. Here's to another successful season in 2015-16, when the aim of the club, as ever, will be to try and bring a bit of Barcelona to Balham.
Individual Club Award Winners: Carter Jonas Training Trophy Winners: U8s - Ellis Kennedy-Nunez • U9s - Maxwell Emmery • U10 Colts - Isaac Jackson • U10 Eagles - Jack Hedges • U11s - Abu Diabate • U12 Colts - Kian Hill • U12 Eagles - Jack Redmond • U12 Youth - Morgan Coward • U13 Colts - Taryn Vancooten • U13 Eagles - Tom Appleton • U14 Colts - Arya Dashtabady • U14 Eagles - Tom Stephens • U16s - Arthur Fordham • U17s - Joe Ostrowski • Youth Team - Jamal Bartley • Panthers - Mary Dawson • First Team - Harry Herbert
Carter Jonas Players Player Of The Year Winners: U8s - William Haspel • U9s - Noah Antoniades & Cameron Kerr • U10 Colts - Alfred Johnson • U10 Eagles - Sebastian Hunt • U11s - Joe Taylor • U12 Colts - Sonny Nicoll • U12 Eagles - Tom Lees • U12 Youth - Paulo Gagnier • U13 Colts - Jack Layzell • U13 Eagles - Luke Knight • U14 Colts - Tiannie Wilson • U14 Eagles - Sam Arbuckle & Marshall Travers-Elwin • U16s - Seth Keyser • U17s - Max Barbour & Arsen Ujkaj • Youth Team - Jamal Bartley • Panthers - Emillie James • First Team - Jamal Bartley
Carter Jonas Special Achievement Award Winners: Ollie Archard, Lewis Mitchell, Ibrahim Olutade


Goal Machine Olutade

Congratulations to Youth team centre forward, Ibrahim Olutade, who won the Southern Youth League Top Goalscorer Award for 2014-15, following in the footsteps of Eddie Luchford, who won it the previous season. Ibrahim was simply a goal machine for three Balham teams. He scored 35 for the Youth team, 43 for the U17s in their treble winning campaign and 2 for the First team, to make a staggering total of 80 goals in one season..


OK First Open Champ

Balham FC Coach, Ollie Kanner, won the inaugural end of season 2015 BFC Footgolf Open Championship played at Addington Golf Club on Saturday June 20th. Ollie, who along with Youth team player, Jack Haire and First team player, Tomasz Wocial, shot 66 on the 18 hole course, secured the title in a play off. The championship, which began with bacon rolls, Buds and J20s, was keenly contested throughout. Highlights included: Jennie Molyneux getting stuck on a hill in a golf buggy, Tom Jelliffe not coming last and as a result securing a season's worth of Lucozade Sport courtesy of non playing Harry Herbert, who fled to France rather than face the music and Jamal Bartley, for the first time this season, putting in a shockingly poor performance, with an all too forgettable bottom of the competition pile 78.


Southern Youth League Champions

We are delighted to announce that the Balham FC Youth team have been confirmed as 2014-15 Southern Youth League Champions. Having won the Central Division of the SYL, a draw against Met Police, winners of the West Division and a win against Loxwood, winners of the South Division, proved enough for Balham to win the League Championship Play Offs. This is a fantastic achievement and needless to say the club is very proud of all those involved.


Sportsmanship Trophy

We are delighted to announce that the Balham FC First team were not only top scorers in the SEIFL but also won the Sportsmanship Trophy.


Cobham Groundshare

We are delighted to announce that Balham FC have signed a ground share agreement with Cobham FC from the Combined Counties League. Both the Balham FC First team and Youth team will be resident at Cobham for the 2015-16 season and beyond. The First team will play on Saturdays in the SEIFL and the Youth team will play on Thursdays in the SYL.


18s Superb Season

The Youth team's league and cup campaign finally came to an end on Friday May 22nd with semi final defeat in the SYL Invitational Plate. A superb season has seen our U18s win the Central Division of the SYL, reach the League Cup Final, where we were narrowly beaten by Met Police and beat Loxwood 4-3 and draw 1-1 with Met Police in the SYL Championship Play Offs. The big question, with Loxwood still to play Met Police, is will that be enough to see Balham crowned as Southern Youth League Champions?


Waving The Wibb Goodbye

Many thanks to Tony Hurrell and everyone at the Wibbandune (home of Colliers Wood Utd) for their help and support over the last five years. Our Youth team started playing there when they we formed them in 2010-11 and our First team have played there since they were launched in 2011-12. We will miss everyone in the clubhouse but most of all we will miss King Henry (pictured above) who makes the finest cup of tea on the A3 Southbound.


Firsts Facility Frustration

Another brilliant Balham FC season concluded on Saturday April 25th with a resounding 5-1 win against Virginia Water. Following three promotions in a row since the First team was formed in 2011-12 we have finished in a promotion position yet again. Frustratingly however the club, which cannot continue to play at the Wibbandune, home of Colliers Wood Utd, cannot be promoted for a fourth consecutive time as we do not meet the facility requirements for the Combined Counties League. These state that clubs are not allowed to secure a new ground share in order to seek promotion. With a move to Cobham FC for next season on the cards however should we finish in a promotion position again we will be eligible to climb the football league ladder to Step 6.


SEIFL Top Scorer

Many congratulations to Balham's very own va va voom number nine, Jerome Boncoeur, who, in our first season in the SEIFL, finished as top goal scorer, hitting the back of the net 19 times.


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