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Panthers Make A Point
The newly formed Balham Panthers FC took a point in their first league game drawing 2-2 with London Phoenix on Sunday September 7th. Following a 3-1 win the week before in a pre season friendly this, as the final scoreline suggests was an even game. The Panthers first goal to take the lead came from a Mary Richards corner, scored by Clara Cardoso. They then conceded two, one either side of half time, survived a penalty award and missed a couple of good chances, before Becky McCarthy, on her Panthers debut, made an excellent solo run down the left and restored parity. Panthers player of the match was Sarah Campbell, also on her debut, who put in a robust and intelligent performance at right back.


Langley Champs
The U12 BBFC Eagles traveled down to Kent to take part in the Club Langley pre-season tournament on Sunday Sept 7th. On arrival, the grass appeared to have been allowed to grow all summer and the goals were as wide as a Men's 11 aside goal. However, such minor inconveniences could not stop what proved to be an excellent day for the club. The Eagles managed to dominate much of the group stages, despite facing some old school "route 1" football, and cruised into the semifinals as the Group 2 winner. The semi-final proved to be a one-sided affair and the Eagles ran out deserved 2-0 winners to set up a clash with fellow Tandridge League rivals, Sevonoaks. The final capped off a wonderful day as we managed to put 2 goals past Sevenoaks, while keeping a 7th clean sheet in a row (and thus not conceding a goal all afternoon!) and coming home Club Langley Tournament Champions. Team: Joe Whittaker, Jack Redmond, Ayo Bakre, Trey Gordon, James Myres, Teddy Watling, Ryan Awatefe, Luke Cahusac, Thomas Lees, Clay Chapman.


Starting At Sandhurst
A great start to pre-season for the U13 Eagles. Both BBFC teams entered made it to the knockout stages of the Sandhurst 5-aside tournament on Sunday August 31st. One team got eliminated in the playoffs with the oppositions only attack of the game, but our other team made it all the way to the final where they controlled the game only to lose on a penalty shootout. Both teams played some excellent football, which bodes well for the forthcoming season.


Physio Clinic Continues
As the new season gets underway again we hope all our players are in tip top condition. If not this is just a reminder that we have the club physio Pablo Santander on hand on Tuesday evenings at Chestnut Grove. If you would like to get in touch with him please email him at balhamblazersphysio@gmail.com to arrange an appointment. Best of luck to all our teams this season. Come on you Blazers!!!!!




Introducing Balham Panthers FC
This season, 2014-15, Balham FC are continuing to grow, adding a Ladies’ team to our armoury for the first time ever. We have welcomed Panthers WFC into the fold, an FA Charter Standard team who play in the Greater London Womens Football League Division 2 (South). Last season, the team secured a mid-table finish, and hope to build on Balham’s successes of last season to push for the league title. The squad will train on Wednesday nights at Kennington Park, Oval from 7.45pm and play on Sunday afternoons at 2pm (home ground currently Tooting Bec). We are currently recruiting players to bolster the squad so, whether you're a striker, defender or goalkeeper, please get in contact with BPFC Team Rep, Alison Campbell and join us at training to see if Balham Panthers FC is the club for you!




The Last Tournament
Congratulations to the U12 Youth Team, who were runners up in their last tournament of the season at Danson FC in Essex. Having come through the group stage unbeaten, they won their quarter final on pens and the semi final 1-0, to get all the way to the final without conceding a goal. They played a professional academy development team in the final and dominated throughout. However, despite creating numerous chances, they were thwarted by a titanic keeper and their first goal conceded all day, in the last minute of a game they deserved to win, meant the top prize slipped through their fingers and they had to settle for second place, still a very creditable achievement on a hot day in July at the end of an arduous ten month league and cup campaign.




Football, Tennis And Pirates In Devon
Huge thanks to BBFC parents, Chris and Lisa Kerr, who organise a superb residential football tournament in July each year at the palatial Bryanston Boarding School in Devon, which our U8s took part in this time around on the weekend of July 19th. The squad was boosted by the addition of U9 player Seb Hunt and 5 year old George Kerr, younger brother of U8 Cameron, who, by appearing in the tournament itself, became the youngest player to play competitively for a BBFC team. Not only did the future starlet play, he nearly scored a stunning headed goal from an incoming cross, beating 9-11 year olds to the ball, which he headed millimetres past the post. There were eight teams in the tournament and lots of football to play. The young boys from Balham were playing against teams that were in general much older but they acquitted themselves brilliantly and did the club proud. They won three games on the first day and lost one, scoring 12, conceding 6. Most importantly the coaches present at the tournament admired the quality of their football and style of play. After the football and a delicious dinner the squad decided it was time for a bit of tennis, on beautiful grass courts in a river valley, before bed. Noah Antoniades and Cameron Kerr proved an unbeatable pairing and the play went on until darkness descended. After a good night's sleep, a good breakfast and yet more tennis, day two of the tournament beckoned. The previous days football and two sessions of tennis didn't stop BBFC from winning 5-2 and 4-1 in their last two group games to qualify for the final, scoring some great goals and playing football once again admired by all. The final was tragically lost however - perhaps fatigue finally took it's toll. If so, it didn't last long and after tears were wiped away and the team recharged its batteries, with a spot of luncheon, it was off to the pool where Russell Hunt's pirate ship ruled the waves. Believe it or not there was even time for a tad more tennis on this fun packed adventure before cars were loaded with players and baggage and headed back to the metropolis. Clearly an amazing experience was had by all and hats off go to Steve Elwin, who coached and managed the Blazers on tour, to all the parents who came along, to Lisa Kerr, for making it happen and to Chris Kerr, a top coach himself, who has run this camp for fourteen years and does a fantastic job doing so.




JC Reps LFA
"I feel honoured to have been chosen to represent the London FA at the Football Futures National Camp July 21st-24th 2014. I have met and been inspired by some incredible people. It's really hard to sum up such an amazing week with just a few words! Every workshop was run by excellent tutors at the brilliant facilities of St Georges Park, with really useful 'take home messages' which I plan to use back at my club Balham Blazers FC. I was introduced to different football approaches, such as 'Football Mash Up' and Futsal which I am beginning to incorporate into my own coaching style. Aswell as the football side of things, I was given new insights into the media and officiating, but my personal highlight was the amputee football. It was incredible to play and learn the sport and I look forward to staying in touch with my new lifelong friends." Jaden Cameron BBFC U11 Youth Coach.




Black Training Tops
Black training tops have now arrived. Order yours via Zoe Appleton before 31st July to have for the start of the season.
Youth sizes £16.50/£17.50 SB/MB/LB/XLB
Adult sizes £18.50. S/M/L/XL

To order yours contact Zoe Appleton.




The Wolfie of Wall Street
The first player to take part in the Balham Blazers Work Placement scheme began work on the trading floor at LMR Partners on Monday July 14th. Alfie Miller goalkeeper of the 2013-14 U16’s (already nicknamed 'wolfie' ) is pictured here working hard alongside Domenico Iuliano, Balham Blazers own goalkeeping coach and partner at LMR Partners. Alfie will be spending a few weeks with the team at LMR Partners following and analysing the financial markets. We wish him the best of luck and are very grateful to Domenico for offering such a fantastic opportunity. If any other member of Balham Blazers is interested in gaining some work experience or would like to take someone on then please contact Patrick Walker.




2014 BBFC Presentation Evening
Four hundred people gathered at Trinity Fields on Friday July 11th for the annual BBFC Presentation Evening, at the end of our thirteenth season as a club. Once again, despite the threat of rain, we were lucky with the weather and the event, sponsored by Sullivan Thomas, was a great success. Thanks to all those who helped organise another wonderful occasion and to all those who helped on the night. It's been another incredibly successful season for BBFC, with the club having won or been runners up in a record breaking 32 league and cup competitions, so there was much to celebrate.

Special congratulations go, as ever, to all those who won prestigious individual club awards:
Sullivan Thomas Training Trophy Winners:
U8s - Preston Travers-Elwin • U9 Colts - Abdullah Javiad • U9 Eagles - Jack Appleton • U10 Colts - Abu Diabate • U11 Colts - Nick Bostock-Westland • U11 Eagles - Ryan Pickles • U11 Youth - Morgan Coward, Marco Gagnier, Paulo Gagnier • U12 Colts - Tom Appleton • U12 Eagles - Josh O'Grady, Sirak Negassi • U12 Youth - Taryn Vancooten • U13 Colts - Ethan Riley • U13 Eagles - Luke Hedges • U15s - Josh Edu-Appiah • U16s - Joe Ostrowski, Nik Patsalos
Sullivan Thomas Players Player Of The Year Winners:
U8s - Noah Antoniades, Cameron Kerr • U9 Colts - Pierre Raynaud, Shae Wright • U9 Eagles - Jacob Miller • U10 Colts - Dan Gardner • U11 Colts - Kian Hill • U11 Eagles - Ryan Pickles • U11 Youth - Joseph Armitage, Laurie Goddard • U12 Colts - Fabio Cavalho • U12 Eagles - Aaron Bafi • U12 Youth - Tyrell Butler • U13 Colts - Anthony Thompson • U13 Eagles - Sam Arbuckle • U15s - Arthur Fordham, Toby Ward-Smith • U16s - Ollie Archard • Youth Team - Eddie Luchford • First Team - Eddie Luchford
Sullivan Thomas Special Achievement Award Winners:
Ollie Keyser, Cayo Natalio-Polo, Anna Prawer, Pedro Santos, Marshall Travers-Elwin




Eddie's Amazing Season
What an amazing season Eddie Luchford had in 2013-14. Not only was he top scorer in the Southern Youth League with 34 goals in 20 games, twice as many as the runner up, but he also scored 28 in 26 games for the Balham FC First Team. Eddie's combined goal scoring feats for both teams, 62 in 46 games, which included 7 in one game for the Youth team, may never be equalled. His goal scoring exploits won him not only SSEC League and Cup winners medals with the First Team and SYL League Cup and Invitational Plate Runners Up Medals with the Youth Team but three coveted individual accolades as SYL Top Goalscorer, Balham FC Players Player of the Year and BBFC Youth Team Players Player of the Year.




Cornell Gets Top Award
When you consider that there are 30 teams and approximately 600 players in the Southern Youth League, to be voted Southern Youth League Player of the Season is an incredible achievement. BBFC is honoured and delighted that for the first time since we joined the league in 2010 a player from our club has won this top individual award. The player in question is skipper, Cornell Holland, who had a brilliant season, not only for the Youth team, but also for the First team, where his consistenly high level of performance contributed greatly to the league and cup double being won.




Fair Play
Congratulations to all associated with the BBFC Youth Team who won the Southern Youth League Fair Play Award for 2013-14.




Paintballing Youth
The U11 Youth Team certainly know how to celebrate. After picking up their League Championship winning trophies at the BBFC Presentation Evening it was early to bed for an early wake up as they headed off paintballing in Cobham the next day. Despite alarm clocks having to be set for 5am everyone, surprisingly, turned up on time. The day was great fun and helped new members settle in with the squad. It was also a chance to get their coaches covered in paint and that's exactly what they did. Bruised and battered by the end of the day they all had an excellent time and even managed to fit in a team selfie.




Fruitful Furngate
Well done to all the BBFC teams who headed to the Furngate Tournament, in Surrey, on the weekend of July 5th/6th. It was a shame that both our U9 teams and U13 teams, having emerged from their groups and won their quarter finals, had to play each other in the semis but it did at least mean a BBFC team was guaranteed to make it through to the final in both competitions. The U13s semi was close but the U9s semi was closer than close, ending up in a lengthy nail biting penalty shoot out, which followed a fantastic game, full of quality football, a superb advert for BBFC. The U9 Colts, having emerged victorious on penalties, then won the final 1-0 with an amazing team goal which started with the keeper rolling it out and ended up, after five players worked it up the pitch with skill and dexterity, twice switching play, in the back of the opposition net. It was a stupendous goal worthy of winning any tournament. Our U13s tragically lost their final 2-1 in the last minute and so finished as Runners Up, as did our U10s, who in doing so made it three tournament finals in a row - an excellent achievement. Our U11s, U12s and U15s were disappointed to fall in the quarter finals having come through the group stages however overall, once again, Furngate was fruitful and a top time was had by all.




Plate At The Abbey
Bidding to make it three tournament wins in a row the U11 Eagles topped their group at the Abbey Rangers competition on Saturday June 5th. Penalties put them out however after a 0-0 draw in the Cup semi final. The only other BBFC team in attendance were the U11 Colts, who thankfully headed back to the metropolis with silverware after a Hector Day-Lunn goal won the Plate final.




Reigning In The Rain
Despite persistent rain, which at one point, on the first day of the Guildford City Tournament on June 28th/29th, caused a forty-five minute postponement, BBFC reigned supreme. Our U8s, U9s and U10s were all Tournament winners. Our U12s and U13s were Runners Up and our U11s and U15s were semi finalists. For the U8s victory was particulary sweet as this was their first competitive tournament. They won all three of their group games - 3-1, 8-0 and 1-0, the semi fianl 5-0 and came back from being 0-1 down at half time in the final to win 2-1.




Ruislip Tournament
As Holland were squeezing past Mexico in the last sixteen of the World Cup, BBFC U11 Eagles were readying themselves for a semi final in the Ruislip Rangers Tournament on Sunday June 29th. An excellent performance saw them comfortably through to the final in which they also produced some first class football to win 2-0. The day had started slowly and it wasn't until a 4-0 victory in their final group game that the team was sure of qualifying but, once they did, they raised their level of performance dramatically to win the day and make it two trophies on the bounce. Well done to all in the squad: Ayo, Jack, Joe, Laurie, Luke, Ryan A, Ryan P, Sonny, Teddy, Tom and Trey.


Balham Blazers Bursary Fund
– Donations for 2014/15 Season

Our Bursary Fund offers full or part bursaries to players selected to play for the club who can't afford all or part of the fees. To keep funding this scheme as the club grows we invite parents and friends of the club, in a position to do so, to support us by contributing donations to the Bursary Fund.

Please give if you can - this is an amazing way to give a child the joy of developing their football skills and being part of a team within a thriving club. Any donations are extremely generous and very much welcomed by the club and our Bursary recipients.

The ideal time to contribute is at our annual registration days on Wednesday 2nd July, 6pm-8pm and Sunday 13h July, 10am-12pm at Chestnut Grove School.

If you have been selected to play for the club and would like to apply for Bursary funding please contact the club:info@balhamblazers.org.uk


Worcester Park
Balham Blazers U11 Eagles went one step further than 2013 in the Worcester Park Tournament on Saturday June 21st, claiming a well-deserved tournament win and exhibiting some fine football throughout the competition. Last year, Balham had unluckily lost in the final on penalties, but the 2014 vintage got the job done. They only conceded 1 goal in 7 games whilst scoring 14 themselves. The final proved to be Balham's finest hour, as they signed out in style with a 4-0 victory to be be crowned the 2014 Worcester Park Tournament Champions. Team: Ayo Bakare, Luke Cahusac, Clay Chapman, Trey Gordon, Tom Lees, James Myers, Ryan Pickles, Jack Redmond, Teddy Watling, Joe Whittaker.


Victorious 10s
The Balham Blazers U10 Colts emerged as clear victors at the Elm Grove Park Tournament on Sunday June 15th. The feat was even more impressive considering the team did not concede a goal in all 7 games, while scoring 15 in reply. The final against Doverhouse Lions was a close affair, but decided by an excellent team goal which reflected the team's excellent play throughout the tournament. Congratulations to the team on a great achievement! Squad: Otto Bellak, Finn Cunningham, Abu Diabate, Dan Gardner, Stefan Leslie, Asher Maliki, Eddie Miller, Joe Taylor.


Gallant Nines
Our talented U9 Eagles finished as gallant runners up in Elm Grove's tournament this year. They came through the group stages strongly, playing delightful football at times with everyone getting on the score sheet. They breezed through the Quarters into the Semis to go behind for the first time in the tournament, but quickly leveled the scores to 1-1. Falling behind again, a 'Jagielka' goal line clearance from Jonah Cahusac kept them in it before Jack Appleton equalised with the last kick of the game to send them into extra time, then penalties. The shoot out went to sudden death, with Seb Hunt coming to the rescue again with some fine saves and then converting the final penalty. Sadly though the excitment was short lived. The Eagles were unable to come back from a 2 goal deficit in the final and so finished as worthy tournament runners up.


U16s Triumph at Brockham
Following the heartbreak of losing in a penalty shoot out in the final of the NPL Tournament two weeks ago, the U16s went one better on Saturday 14th June to lift the Brockham World Cup, in a high-quality tournament at Dorking. The group stages saw Balham undefeated, winning 4 games, and drawing one. However, our goal tally of scoring 10 and conceding one was only good enough to finish second in the group, which saw us in a semi-final with Steyning Town, who had topped their group. Balham went a goal down early on, but Akbar Bashir equalised to take it into extra time, in which Nic Patsalos's longe range strike gave the Blazers a 2-1 victory. So onto the Final against a physical Haverhill side from Suffolk. Balham played all the football, but failed to put away their chances, and were indebted to a fine save by stand-in keeper Tom McDonald to keep them in the match in the closing seconds of normal time. So once again into extra time. Jack Haire crossed, and a Haverhill defender had to cut it out with his hand. Penalty! Nic Patsalos nervelessly stepped up to drive the ball home. Within a minute it was all over, and Balham were the victors. Well done to Tom McDonald, Joe Ostrowski, Harry Wright, Sonnie Day, Jack Haire, Ollie Archard, Nic Patsalos and Akbar Bashir. \


BBFC World Cup Fantasy Football
Calling all Blazers. Do you think you know your football? If so then join the Balham Blazers league in FIFA World Cup Fantasy Football. Go to the official FIFA site. Register - being careful not to sign up to receive marketing information from McDonalds in the process - and then select your team in time for the first round of matches starting on Thursday evening. The FIFA Fantasy Football game is simple but very slick and the site works beautifully. You pick your squad (or get FIFA to pick it for you and just make a few changes to it) and then, each day, you either transfer players from it that have games that day into your team or leave players in that have already played and got points for you. A league has been set up already - called Balham Blazers - that will allow us all to view our progress against one another until one of us is finally crowned champion after the final. A number of the coaches will be entering teams and so this is your big chance to show that you do actually know more about football than you coach, or your parents. The more teams in the league the better so let's get everyone on board. England are at the World Cup. Are you?


Windsor Wonderland
Congratulations to the BBFC U11 Youth team who having been quarter finalists, semi finalists and runners up, in their three tournaments so far this season, went one better at Windsor on Sunday June 8th. Not only did they win the tournament but they were unbeaten in doing so and didn't concede a single goal.


X-Men Colts
The BBFC U12 Colts, with one U9 Eagle in tow, enjoyed a day off on June 7th and a trip together to see the latest X-Men film. They were celebrating Tom Appleton’s birthday. Let’s hope there will be more to celebrate on the football front, in addition to promotion to the Tandridge League A Division, once they get back into action.


Bourne End Blues
The BBFC U11 Eagles played magnificently at the Bourne End Tournament on Saturday June 7th. Winning five games and drawing one in the group stages they progressed to the semi finals, which they won on penalties, following a 1-1 draw. The final proved one step too far however. With one player out injured and two others carrying bad knocks, they lost narrowly, 2-1 and so had to be content with runners up spot and the Bourne End blues.


Penalties Prove Costly
If only our U16s, U12 Colts and U11 Eagles had been German on the weekend of May 31st/June 1st things might have been different. All 3 teams played magnificently and didn't lose a single game between them however all went out at different stages of their tournaments courtesy of the dreaded PK. The U16s got to the final at NPL on Saturday. The U11 Eagles, having stormed through their six team group, winning it comfortably, went out in the Quarter Finals at Woodley Hammers, also on Saturday and the U12 Colts, having stormed through their group equally impressively at the same tournament on Sunday, went out in the Semi Finals. The only other BBFC squad playing on the same weekend were the U11 Youth who avoided any penalty shoot outs and were runners up in a tournament at the London Soccer Dome.


So Nearly At NPL
A disappointed Balham U16 side went up to collect Runners Up medals at the NPL Tournament at Teddington on Saturday May 31st. The boys lost on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time against the host side NPL, but their disappointment was rooted in that they had failed to do themselves justice in the final game, when the trophy was there for the taking. They had emerged top of the group, winning all four games and conceding only one goal, while scoring nine, playing excellent pass and move football. The semi-final saw them brush aside a West Byfleet side 5-0, playing with a swagger and panache that could have seen an even more one-sided scoreline. The final started badly with the concession of an unfortunate own goal, and while they equalised shortly after through the excellent Ollie Archard, they couldn't get the winner before the tie went to penalties. However, some great football, and playing like this, they will win one soon! Well done to Alfie Miller, Jack Haire, Joe Ostrowski, Harry Wright, Sonnie Day, Josh Clark and Ollie Archard.


94th Minute Heartbreak
A cruelly deflected goal in the 94th minute of the SYL Invitational Plate Final at River Lane on Thursday May 29th meant heartbreak again for the BBFC Youth Team in their second cup final of the season. Another titanic struggle between two evenly matched teams in Balham and Leatherhead looked to be heading into extra time, thanks in no small part to stunning second half saves from both keepers but, with thirty seconds of added time to play a penalty box shot from a Leatherhead corner deflected off another player and wrong footed Balham's outstanding young keeper Jakub Tertel. Having looked to be in the ascendancy as the game wore on to lose in such a manner was a bitter pill for BBFC to swallow, especially on the back of a narrow 3-4 defeat to the same club in the SYL Cup Final. When the dust settles however Balham's young team can look back on an exceptional season at semi pro level where they have done themselves and their club proud.


Selsey 14
The BBFC U12 Youth teams’ May Bank Holiday tour to Selsey, sponsored by PIP Mechanical & Electrical & Classic Clean London, proved to be a great success both on and off the playing field. After a slow start on the first day, in what was a top quality competition, full of league winning clubs, the team gradually gained momentum and two back to back wins on the second day, following two draws and a loss on the first, ensured a place in the 3rd place play off. With four minutes to go of that game however, at 0-3 down against strong opposition, things looked bleak. This is a team though that never gives up and they certainly caught fire in the closing minutes, scoring three goals to make the final outcome 3-3. The opposition were stunned and even more stunned after Balham then won the penalty shoot out to claim the 3rd place trophy. The tour, organised by team managers, JR Burgess and Lee Cooper, was not only well worth doing in terms of the high level of competition played but it also proved to be a great bonding experience, enjoyed by all. Selsey 15 could well be on the cards for more BBFC teams.


Redemption
Having been down in the dumps after losing to London Cup winners, Glebe Lions, in the Tandridge League Cup Final, only a week earlier, it was all smiles for the BBFC U11 Eagles after their league encounter on Sunday May 25th. This time around, on the 3g pitch at Southfields Community College, the Eagles played magnificently from start to finish to beat a very good Glebe team 2-0 in the final league game of the season. Retribution, redemption, relief!


Cruel To Colts
Many congratulations to the U12 Colts who finished a fantastic first season in the Tandridge League level on points at the top of the B Division. Whilst promotion has been secured the Colts unluckily have to settle for runners up spot. Although they had a superior goal difference to Bromley and lost two games less, if tied at the top, the league is decided on results between the two teams, which in this case were even and then on the amount of wins they each had. Bromley had one win more than the Colts so they finish as B Division Champions. This seems harsh and we would of course have preferred a play off but those are the TL rules and there's nothing that can be done about it. Despite this cruel twist of fate it's been a magnificent effort from all of the Colts squad who, under pressure, had to win games in hand to get to the top, which they did in style.


Eagles Fly High
Many congratulations to the U12 Eagles, who with a new manager at the helm and in their first season in the Tandridge League, finished as runners up in the C Division. The squad was small in number but high in quality and under the guidance of Darran O'Grady they lost only once in twenty-two league games, winning eighteen and drawing three. Their one defeat, on a day when the squad was severely weakened, cost them top spot but the Eagles were still flying high at the end of the season and they can look forward to flying even higher in 2014-2015.


Perfect Record
Many congratulations to the BBFC U12 Youth team, who having finished as runners up last season in the London County Saturday Youth Football League, went one better in their first season in the Tandridge League winning the D Division title. Not only did they win it they did it without dropping a single point. 18 games played - 18 games won. A perfect record. Credit for this magnificent achievement goes to all in the talented squad, who have worked incredibly hard all season and also to their dynamic duo in charge, JR Burgess and Lee Cooper.


NEW BBFC Work Placement Scheme
Balham Blazers is pleased to announce the launch of a work placement scheme for its players.

All players registered with the club from U16s and above are eligible and will provide them with an opportunity to gain some invaluable work experience in an increasingly competitive job market.

As well as potential work placements there is also the opportunity to get some help on tailoring your CV as well get hints and tips on interview skills.

We are very grateful to the BBFC community for all the help that has been kindly offered to make placements available. General Manager Greg Cruttwell said "We as a club are keen to help our players off the football field, as well as on it. This new scheme will hopefully provide opportunities to do so and we are very grateful to all those who have supported it.”

If anyone else would like to get involved in the scheme then please contact Patrick Walker at patrwalker@gmail.com for further information. v


Mars Sports Fund: Vote for Balham!!!
Mars Milk Play Fund are providing funding to clubs nationally. Every month they are donating cash awards to sports individuals and clubs in need of extra funding. Whether you need new kit, travel costs, extra pitch time, coaches, training or competition entry fees. Each month, ten deserving applicants will be selected to receive a donation of £300. There will also be a £1,000 award for the monthly People’s Choice award, where the public can vote for their favourite individual, club or team. Can I encourage you all to follow the link below and vote for Balham!!!! Vote for the Blazers


Eagles Cup Runners Up
Having done brilliantly to get to the Tandridge League Cup Final, in their first season in the league, the BBFC U11 Eagles had to be content with runners up medals after an uncharacteristic bad day at the office in the final played at Chipstead FC on May 18th. The squad were disappointed not to lift the cup but when put in perspective, it’s been a very encouraging season for this talented squad, who switched to the Tandridge League from the London County Saturday Youth Football League. Fourth spot in the A Division, League Cup Runners Up and London Cup Quarter Finalists isn’t too bad at all and bodes well for the future.


Ewell Saxons
Congratulations to BBFC U11 Colts who were runners up at the Ewell Saxons tournament on Saturday May 17th. Having started with two draws in the group stages the team went on to win four games in a row, including a penalty shoot-out, to reach the final. Unfortunately they missed out on the top prize but the whole team can be proud of how they performed over the day. Particular congratulations to Archie Gordon-Smith for his penalty heroics in goal and Kai Chatterjee for being voted the BBFC player of the tournament by his team mates.


2014 BBFC Sponsored Marathon
Thankfully the weather was ideal for the annual fundraising BBFC Sponsored Marathon, which took place this year on Wednesday May 14th at a sun kissed Trinity Fields. The standard of running from all those who took part, from Under 8s to Under 13s, was once again exceptional. For anyone not familiar with how the unique BBFC Marathon works, each runner carries the baton for 1km as part of a relay which covers the full marathon distance of 42km. The record time of 2 hours 47 minutes was set back in 2008 and equalled last year, although doubts linger that the course in 2013 was a bit on the short side.

This year's course was triple checked for distance to make sure it was spot on and the overall time of 2 hours 54 minutes was one of the best achieved.

Many thanks to everyone who took part and made this another memorable day in the Balham Blazers FC calendar. It's not just about the running and running fast, it's more importantly about taking part and helping out the club. Special thanks go to Jennie Molyneux for helping to organise the event and to Julianne Cunningham who organised the refreshments.
Click here for the result details.


League and Cup double
Balham have done the League and Cup double! A glorious night for the First team as they beat St Andrews 3-2 in the SSEC League cup final.


Sandhurst Town
Congratulations to the BBFC U10s, who were runners up at the Sandhurst Town tournament on Sunday May 11th. Having won through the initial group stage and then a Champions League group stage they won a tough semi final on penalties. Despite having the better of the final, missed chances and a goal conceded against the run of play meant that they narrowly missed the top prize. They can however be extremely proud of their runners up trophy and medals. A great effort by all, including stand in manager, Jaden Cameron.


SSEC League Champions
Many congratulations to the Balham FC First Team who were crowned Surrey South Eastern League Champions on Saturday May 10th. The team who secured their third promotion in a row since being formed in 2011, needed a point in their final game against Old Plymouthians to take the title. Despite the changeable weather nothing changed in terms of Balham dominating games and thanks to goal doubles from Jerome Boncoeur, Dan David and Jake Henry and a cool finish from Tim Edney, Balham won 7-1 on the day to finish their league campaign in style.


Showdown In Sutton
It was heartbreak for BBFC in the Southern Youth League Cup Final v Leatherhead, played at The Borough Ground, home of Sutton Utd, on Thursday May 8th, in front of a crowd of over 200. These two top sides, who have both beaten each other this season at home in the league, put on an enthralling final for the bumper crowd but it was the boys from River Lane, who won 4-3 and the boys from SW12 who were left to rue missed chances and giving away one too many sloppy goals.


Race For The Kids
The RBC Race for the Kids is Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity's very own annual 5k family fun run. It takes place on June 8th in Battersea Park. Anyone and everyone is invited to join in for a fun packed day, whether they want to run, jog, stroll, hop or scoot around the park. Even the dog can come! It’s a good day out for the whole family and a great way of supporting their patients and families. The organisers are hoping to have 6,000 people take part and raise over £750,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The money raised will help redevelop and refurbish the hospital, enabling cramped and outdated wards to be replaced with modern, state-of-the-art facilities. Once the redevelopment is completed, GOS will be able to treat up to 20% more children.


U11 Youth Are Champs
Many congratulations to the BBFC U11 Youth team, who secured the Tandridge League C Division title with one game to spare on Sunday May 4th. This squad under the superb stewardship of Manager and Coach, Jaden Cameron and his excellent Assistant Coach, Arman Chowdury, have had a very successful first season in the league, having switched from the London County Saturday Youth Football League.


Fuzzy Wuzzie Friday 3
It was another Fuzzy Wuzzie night at the rescheduled third fundraising 6-a-side Old Fellers Tournament of the season on Friday May 2nd. The Wuzzies won the final 2-0 against Rodents r Us, a team made up in the main of Fuzzy Wuzzie associated players. Both John Hyland's Tugboats team and Darran O'Grady's Real Sosobad, who both lost narrowly in the semis, did themselves proud but so far this season the Fuzzy Wuzzies have blitzed all before them. Once again this well supported, popular event, raised £500 for the club and thanks go to all those who entered teams and played on the night.


Eagles Come Close
The BBFC U13 Eagles came close but not quite close enough in the Tandridge League Cup Final at Chipstead FC on Sunday April 27th. They gave a great account of themselves and did the club proud but lost narrowly 0-1 to Caribb FC and as such had to settle for Runners Up medals.


Shield Glory
The BBFC U13 Colts dramatically lifted the Tandridge League Shield at Chipstead on Sunday April 27th defeating Coney Hall in an very tight final. Down 1-2 with only ten seconds left to play, the Colts equalised through a superb James Eghan goal to take the tie to extra time. Tiannie Wilson's second brilliant goal of the game gave the Colts victory as they held on against Coney Hall's onslaught. Congratulations to the players and team management and a big shout out to the noisy Balham Blazers support from the stands who cheered them home to victory!


BBFC & BFC Cup Final Dates For Your Diaries
Many thanks to everyone who came to support the BBFC Youth team in their recent SYL Cup Semi Final. It was great to see BBFC players and supporters at the game. The conditions were not conducive to the kind of football we like to play but thankfully we won a nail biter 5-4 and are through to the Southern Youth League Cup Final. I really hope that we can have a massive BBFC turnout for both the Balham Blazers Youth Team and Balham First Team League Cup Finals.

It would be brilliant to see players and supporters from all age group teams at one or both of the finals. Both are played in stadium grounds and should be cracking games.

Dates for you diaries:
Thursday May 8th - Southern Youth League Cup Final
Balham Blazers FC v Leatherhead FC

Kick off: 7.30pm Venue: Sutton Utd FC, The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane , Sutton, Surrey, SM1 2EY
Tuesday May 13th - SSEC League Cup Final
Balham FC v St Andrews FC

Kick off: 7.30pm Venue: Carshalton Athletic FC, War Memorial Sports Ground, Colston Ave, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PW SM5 2PW


BBFC 2014 Annual Presentation Evening
This year’s biggest club event of the year, where team and individual awards are presented, will take place on Friday July 11th at Trinity Fields in Wandsworth. Please put the date in your diaries now and keep it free. It’s not to be missed! Further details.


ISFA National Squad
Congratulations to U13 Eagles player, Sam Arbuckle and former BBFC player, Will Donkin, now a signed academy player at Chelsea FC, who represented London recently at the ISFA Regional Festival at Shrewsbury School. Both Sam and Will were selected for the final trial game and subsequently named in a 34-man U14 national squad for next season: Check out the ISFA web page.


Another Young Leader
We are delighted that BBFC U11 Youth Coach, Jaden Cameron, has been selected to join the London FA Young Leaders Council, following in the footsteps of First team player, Dan David, who served on the inaugural Council last year.


Shrooty To Norway
Following a frustrating season at Stevenage Borough FC in League One, former BBFC Coach, Robin Shroot, a fans favourite at Broadhill Way, where he made 74 appearances, scoring 11 times, after signing from Birmingham City, has left British shores for a new adventure in Scandinavia. The brilliant, technically gifted 26 year old former Northern Ireland U21 international, who coached various age groups at BBFC in his late teens, has signed for Il Hodd FC, who played in the Europa League last season. It's still relatively early days but Shrooty is clearly loving the style and quality of football in the Kingdom of Norway and we all at BBFC wish him great success. Lykke til Shrooty!


Nail Biter
Congratulations to the Balham Blazers Youth team who are through to the Southern Youth League Cup Final on May 8th, having beaten Crowborough Athletic 5-4 in a pulsating, nail biting semi final on Monday April 7th. Balham scored first and were never behind. Each time they established a two goal cushion however they were pegged back by the Sussex side, who are unbeaten in the league. The pitch and playing conditions didn’t help Balham play the slick pass and move football that they like to but they adapted their game well and with two goals each from striker Eddie Luchford and skipper Cornell Holland and one from number ten, Luke Fenlon, they managed to get the job done and can now look forward to a show piece final at the home of Conference South club, Sutton Utd.


Conference Blazers
Former BBFC stalwart, Alec "Messi" Fiddes, who scored hatfuls of goals for the club before playing as a scholar in Spain for a year, came into direct contact with another former BBFC player, Darryl Siaw, when Weston-Super-Mare FC met Farnborough Town FC in the Skrill Conference South on Saturday April 5th. It was Alec's WSM who won 2-1 on this occasion to keep their faint play off hopes alive. Both Alec, who is doing a degree at Bristol University whilst playing in the Conference and Darryl, at 19, have settled in seamlessly at this level and are gaining valuable experience before we hope pushing onwards and upwards.


Josh Across The Pond
Everyone at BBFC wishes young coach Josh Everest, who has worked primarily this season with the U11 Eagles, great success as he moves to Denver, Colorado, to coach “soccer” across the pond. We also wish great success to James Scott, who has had to step down after two years at BBFC, due to outside work commitments. Scotty, who also worked with the U11 Eagles, has done an excellent job bringing on this squad from it’s conception and it’s thanks to both James and Josh that the Eagles are doing very well in the top division of the Tandridge League and are also through to the TL Cup Final on May 4th.


Cup Final Balham
The Balham FC First team are through to the Surrey South Eastern Combination League Cup Final in May following a 5-2 win against Cheam Village Warriors. Balham’s young side did it the hard way coming back from 0-2 down with goals from Jerome Boncoeur(2), Dan David, Eddie Luchford and Tomasz Wocial.


Floodlight Failure
At 7.10pm on Friday March 28th there were sixty Old Fellers in shorts, twiddling their thumbs, wandering aimlessly in semi darkness on the 3g pitch at Chestnut Grove, waiting to see if the three floodlights working could be turned into the eight needed to be able to get the fundraising tournament underway. Unfortunately at 7.20pm the three decided to join the other five in having a night off which meant no tournament. Time on the green baize was replaced with time spent in the public houses of Balham. The good news is that the tournament has been rescheduled for Friday May 2nd. The bad news, for all those competing, is that The Fuzzy Wuzzies, who have won both Old Fellers Tournaments this season, but who couldn’t play on March 28th, are back to try and win again for a 2013-14 clean sweep.


Record Scorers
The Balham Blazers Youth team broke the Southern Youth League record for amount of goals scored in a single game when they netted fourteen away to Hanworth Villa on March 26th. Super striker, Eddie Luchford, who's been in record breaking form this season, both for the Youth team and First team, bagged seven on the night, a club record for amount of goals scored in a Youth or First team match.


Trust Me I’m Not A Doctor
BBFC Committee Member, Pat Walker and his team of medics triumphed at the 2014 BBFC Quiz Night on Saturday March 15th. Balham's big fundraising night of the year, sold out well in advance once again, was another great success. The Quiz itself was keenly contested by all twelve tables but it was the Trust Me I'm Not A Doctor team with 154 points who just pipped The Has Beens on 152 points to the coveted title of BBFC 2014 Quiz Night Champions. Many thanks go to Matthew Taylor for compiling the Quiz, to Sue Lamont and family, for running the bar and selling raffle tickets, to Jennie Molyneux for doing the scores on the doors and to all cup cake makers and those who helped set up and clear up on the night. Special thanks go to Lisa Kerr, who did a brilliant job organising the event for the first time.


Colts Through To Semis
Congratulations to the Lauristons sponsored U10 Colts who, thanks to a solid team performance and two goals from midfield maestro, Otto Bellak, are through to the semi finals of the LCSYFL Cup. Let's hope they can go one better than our U16s, U15s, U12 Colts and U12 Youth, who have all gone out of cup competitions this season at the semi final stage. Thankfully our U11 Eagles, U13 Colts and U13 Eagles are all through to Cup Finals, whilst the Balham FC First Team and BBFC Youth team, like the U10 Colts, have semi finals fast approaching.


Old Fellers Tournament
The second BBFC Old Fellers 6-a-side Tournament of the season will take place on Friday March 28th. 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 7pm and the final will finish at 10pm.

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 info@balhamblazers.org.uk 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.
Check out what is possible.


Noah Nets 100
Noah Antoniades netted the U8 Colts 100th goal of the season in a 6-4 victory against Lambeth All Stars on Saturday March 1st. 100 goals to date in their first season together isn’t bad going, doing it in 14 games however is seriously impressive.




Euro Tour Begins for the Under 13s

4:30 Thursday morning and the Under 13s set off for Italy. Travel with them on their journey via our mini site, click on this link.




Marshall interviews Sadiq Khan MP
Sadiq Khan MP visited our U13s training session to support the talent on display before they flew out to Italy to play in the Torneo Carnevale di Gallipoli. Our very own cub reporter, M#5, took the opportunity to talk football with Sadiq: from local grassroots to Liverpool FC...
Watch the interview here.




Aaron Mitchell - great news

Just to let you know Aaron was offered a professional contract at QPR yesterday. I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating him. Aaron joined Balham Blazers as an U10 and was offered a scholarship at QPR as an U16. It goes to show with dedication and hard work just what can be achieved. If you’ve not seen him in action, click on this link.




Shield Final For Colts

Congratulations to the U13 Colts who are through to the final of the Tandridge League Shield. Despite having a depleted squad thanks to half term, those on duty put in a sterling performance to beat Oxted & District 5-3 on Sunday February 23rd. A hat trick from Tiannie Wilson and further goals from Kit Goddard and Ethan Riley won the day but credit goes to the whole team for a magnificent display.




Half Term Camp

With Tooting Common a quagmire the U8-U13 Half Term Camp from Weds Feb 19th-21st was moved to the slightly less boggy Clapham Common. Tragically this meant that classic BBFC competition, "The Log" couldn't take place, due to the far too large to ever be moved log being on TC and there being no adequate replacement on CC. No matter however, other classic BBFC games such as, "On The Line" and the daily "2v2" tournament took it's place and much fun was had by all. Congratulations to the Orange team: Anna Prawer, Tom Appleton, Luke Hedges, Jack Appleton and Stanley Williams, who aided by floater, Luke Duggan, won the World Cup and to Under 8, Maxwell Emmery, whose left foot, sweeter than Van Persie's, won him the penalty shoot out.




Sports Club Of The Year

BBFC was delighted and honoured to have four award winners at the superbly organised and presented 2013 Active Wandsworth Sports Awards on Thursday February 13th. BBFC won the highly coveted Sports Club Of The Year Award, for the second time, having won it previously in 2011. BBFC General Manager, Greg Cruttwell, won the Outstanding Contribution To Sport Award and BBFC Committee Members, Rachel Arbuckle and Louise Eyeington won Voluntary Services To Sport Awards.
Click here to see the Wandsworth Guardian report of the evening.




Another Eagles Cup Final

Congratulations to the BBFC U11 Eagles who are through to the Tandridge League Cup Final having beaten Bromley Juniors 3-1 on a 4g pitch in Kent on Sunday February 9th. Coming back from 0-1 down the Eagles played some top stuff on a top pitch. A brace from striker Stanley Williams and a wonder goal from Ryan Pickles won the day. The victory achieved was a real squad effort and means that both the U11 and U13 Eagles have TL Cup Finals to look forward to at the end of the season.




Sponsored by Linear Tiles

On Saturday morning two members of the Balham Blazers U13 Italy Tour Squad, Luca Bentivoglio and Fred Fordham, travelled to the showroom of Linear Tiles who are one of the two tour sponsors and Balham's leading purveyor of jaw droppingly fabulous kitchens and bathrooms. On the agenda was the presentation by the directors of Linear Tiles of the new away kit required for the tour. The kit which is sponsored by Linear Tiles and the main tour sponsor, Media Service, will be worn in Italy and then donated to the whole Balham Blazers club to be used in future by any of the U11s, U12,s U13s or U14s teams who are prevented from using the famous white Blazers home kit due to a clash of colours. One would not, normally, have picked out a trip to a kitchen and bathroom showroom as an enjoyable trip for two 13 year olds but the amazing gadgets, sunken baths and kitchen designs on display soon had them occupied looking around. By the end they both wanted a kitchen and bathroom of their own. It was great to meet the Linear Tiles directors Stan, Peter and Francis who are all great sports enthusiasts. They have promised to watch the boys' games live online. It also gave us great pleasure to present them with a tour pennant for the showroom wall and to thank them, once again, for their amazing support.


A Day At The Races

After a false start at the end of 2013 the much anticipated BBFC Day At The Races got underway at the second time of asking on Saturday February 8th in Furzedown. The event was a great success with many younger players proving to be better tipsters than their parents. There are many people to thank for organising and helping on the day. They include: Zoe Appleton, Marnie Baxter, Julianne Cunningham, Sam Emmery, Del Fordham, Charles Jefferson, Lisa Kerr, Anthony Lawrence, Victoria Murray, Jane Travers and The Day At The Races Supremo and Clerk Of The Course, Kate Jefferson. Not only was the racing good but so were the hot dogs, the cup cakes and the rest of a spread fit for Epsom on Derby Day.


Cometh The Hour - Cometh The Max!

Max Barbour, stand-in U16 keeper, was the hero of Balham's epic London Cup Quarter Final victory over the current cup holders, Chettle Court Rangers on Sunday February 2nd. Locked 3-3 after extra time, the tie was resolved in a penalty shoot-out, which the Blazers won 3-1, with Max producing two stunning saves. Joe Tulley, Josh Clark and finally Akbar Bashir all nervelessly slotted home their spot kicks, leading to jubilant celebrations from players and spectators.


Sadiq Pops Along

BBFC were delighted to welcome Shadow Cabinet Minister and MP for Tooting, Sadiq Khan, to an U13 training session at Chestnut Grove on Friday January 31st. Sadiq, a keen Liverpool supporter himself, popped down to wish the Samuel Estates sponsored BBFC U13s buona fortuna for their forthcoming trip to Italy where they are playing in a tournament, as one of two British representatives, the other being Man City. The weather was horrible but thankfully Sadiq saw some silky football. He was also interviewed by U13 player Marshall Travers-Elwin - a.k.a. M#5 - who is presenting and posting Match Reports for his team at FootballTBG. Click here to see the report on Sadiq's own website.

Check out their news and progress in the Tournament via our dedicated mini website.


Award Nominations

We are delighted to announce that Balham Blazers FC has received four nominations at the forthcoming Active Wandsworth Awards. BBFC has been nominated as Sports Club of the Year. General Manager, Greg Cruttwell, has been nominated for Outstanding Contribution to Sport/Physical Activity and BBFC Committee Members, Rachel Arbuckle and Louise Eyeington, have been nominated for Voluntary Services to Sport and Physical Activity Awards. The awards night is on Thursday February 13th..


Cup Final Eagles

Congratulations to the BBFC U13 Eagles who beat Old Coulsdon Colts 5-3 on a windswept Purley Way on Sunday January 26th to reach the Tandridge League Cup Final. Hopefully the weather and pitch conditions will have improved by the time the final is played. Congratulations also to the U13 Colts who, on the same day at the same venue, beat Wickham Wanderers 3-2 to progress to the Semi Finals of the Tandridge League Shield. Check out Marshall's video match report




Given's Mudlarks

With most games off this weekend and most patches of green saturated, only the committed braved the wet and windy conditions for extra training. The BBFC U12 Colts didn't let mountains of mud put them off and having been called to arms by manager, Paul Given, they spent Sunday morning as mudlarks. Committed, undoubtedly. Should be committed, possibly.


Wood Placement

Former BBFC player, Ben Wood, who is currently in his second year at Leeds Trinity University studying, Sports and Exercise Science with Psychology, began a work placement with us on January 13th.
Over the next six weeks, Ben, who has his FA Level 1 Coaching Badge and is studying a coaching module as part of his degree course, will be shadowing our lead coaches with age groups from U8 - U16.


BBFC Work Placement Scheme
"As a younger player I dreamt of a career in football and keeping goal for Manchester United. Sadly my lack of talent (and height) meant my future was elsewhere. At BBFC we of course would love all our players to have a future in football but for those that don’t we would like to be able to help them with their first steps on the career ladder. We’re looking at establishing a network of work experience contacts that players 16 and over would be able to be contact if they wanted to arrange a work placement to gain some experience in an increasingly difficult job market. Within the BBFC community we are fortunate to attract talented players from a wide range of backgrounds and this is also true for their parents. We would love to hear from any parent that could either assist in offering a work placement to a BBFC player or who may be able to provide help perhaps on developing their CV or interview skills. This project is still very much in its infancy so any advice or guidance would be very much appreciated. If you would be able to help please get in touch with Patrick"

Patrick Walker BBFC Club Coach & Committee Member


What Mata's Most
What matters most is where BBFC Under 8 starlet, Cameron Kerr, plays. When asked the question by his Chelsea idol, Juan Mata, at the Bridge, on Boxing Day, Cameron, a player of Mataesque potential himself, replied with zest, not midfield, defender, striker or keeper but simply, Balham Blazers FC.
Nice one Cam’!




The Last Session
The final training session of 2013 took place once again on New Years Eve. Eleven First and Youth team players took to the mud on Clapham Common for a two hour workout in the rain. Despite the inclement weather and dire playing conditions a great year for Balham FC and Balham Blazers FC finished on a good note, with those present popping the ball about in fine style.


New Year New Faces
We are very pleased to welcome to the club two new volunteer physios, Craig D'Mello and Pablo Santander who are taking over from Neba.

Craig graduated from St. George’s University of London in 2013 and has just recently received a diploma in sports massage. Whilst with Balham he is keen to get both pitch side experience as well as help out at the Tuesday evening clinics at Chestnut Grove. Away from physio Craig is an avid footballer himself and a fan of Manchester United.

Pablo is a Physiotherapy (BSc) Graduate also from St George's Hospital Medical School and has a Diploma in Sports Massage (ProActive Training). He has previously volunteered in a Stroke UK exercise class in Hounslow. He hopes to specialise in neurotherapy in the future, and has special interest in paediatrics.

As recent graduates they are eager to build up their experience of managing sports injuries and we are very pleased to welcome them to the club. They are both registered with the Healthcare Professions Council.

If you'd like to make an appointment with them please click on this link for instructions.




Lamps Meets Two Apples
Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres got lucky this Christmas, getting to meet two top young BBFC players, Tom and Jack Appleton, who attended a Chelsea function. There's similarities between Lamps and Tom and Torres and Jack but, Tom's undoubtedly a superior holding mid' and Jack's a better finisher.




Special Porto Connection
BBFC Under 13 Colts player, Rui Soares, an FC Porto supporter, got to meet the Special One and ex Porto manager, Jose Mourinho, at the recent Arsenal v Chelsea Christmas game. Unfortunately, even though he was wearing his BBFC Tracksuit with pride, there wasn't time for a BBFC Special One to discuss The Blazers, Porto or Chelsea with his idol but, thankfully, the Chelsea Special One was happy to pose for photos that the aspiring young Portuguese from Balham will undoubtedly treasure forever.




Sweetie Face
Under 11 Colts player, Hector Day-Lunn, appeared on ITV cookery programme, Munch Box, on December 21st. Hector, on the left, in the picture, with celebrity chef Laurence Keogh, was on the boys team against a team of girls. The boys signature dish was a Thai Green Curry. They also cooked two other dishes which they hadn't seen before. The cooking was interspersed with food related games. Hector competed in "Sweetie Face" where he had to get as many marshmallows as possible into a bowl using only his face and Nutella. Apparently, he was very successful.




Will it be a group of death for the Blazers U13s?
The squad has been picked, the international clearance has been obtained from the FA and UEFA, the hotels are booked and, like their senior counterparts at the Champions League knockout stage draw last week, all of the teams are waiting to find out who they will play in the group stages of the prestigious Tourneo Carnevale di Leuca. Will one unlucky team end up in a group of death, with AC Milan, Dynamo Moscow and Balham Blazers or Inter Milan, Napoli and Balham Blazers? Will we play the only other English team invited, Manchester City, in a North vs South playoff? Which one of the opposition players will be turning out in a Serie A match in 5 years time? Which one of the Balham Blazers boys will our opponents be telling their grandchildren "I played against him once"? Make sure you keep checking the BBFC website for the 1st news of our fixtures and to find out where you can watch the games live, and for free. Download a copy of the official poster for the tournament




Balham go bowling
After their final match of 2013 the Under 13 Colts took to ten pins for their Christmas party. Visiting Charrington Bowling for hot dogs, chips and some fun on the arcade machines, the prize for the highest score came down to the final frame, with Charlie Duncan just unable to beat Champion, Kit Goddard, with his last ball. Hopefully the Colts will be STRIKE-ing it lucky in 2014. Many thanks to Vanessa Murray and Sue Carter for organising the festive get together.




12 Eagles Happy Xmas
The U12 Eagles, seen here looking all Santa, would like to wish everyone at BBFC a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.




Fuzzy Wuzzie Friday 2
It proved to be another Fuzzy Wuzzie Friday at the second Old Fellers Fundraising Tournament on Friday December 13th. Defending the title they won only a week earlier, this time against different opposition, the Wuzzies got out of their group, before defeating U12 Eagles Manager, Darran O'Grady's team, Moonbover Young'uns, in a tight semi final. After an even tighter final, against Alex Vinter's team, York Way Wanderers, which finished 0-0, the Wuzzies came good again from the penalty spot, securing their tournament win in a sudden death shoot out.




U8s Christmas Invitational
In the absence of any opposition on Saturday December 14th the mighty BBFC U8s, all suited and booted for action, hastily arranged an impromptu Christmas friendly against their supporters! A lively 4-3 result was enjoyed by all. Teams included all seven U8s, an U9, an U11, 4 Dads, plus budding 5 year old and 2 year old siblings!




A Big Thank You
We would like to say a big thank you to Neba Al-Hashim who has been our volunteer physio since September but who, sadly, has to step down in the new year. Neba has done an outstanding job in re-establishing the physio clinic on a Tuesday night and we will be very sorry to see her go. From everyone at Balham Blazers FC we wish her well with her forthcoming nuptials and her move up to Birmingham. The physio clinic will be continuing in the new year with more news to follow soon.




TPT
It was TPT: Training, Pizza and Tracksuits, for the U12 Colts on Friday December 6th. First up was an extra training session to make up for the spare Sunday coming up on December 8th. This was followed by pizza at manager Paul Given’s residence. Last but not least was the handing out of new club tracksuits, sponsored by Sullivan Thomas and a squad photo with trophies won last season to the fore.




Fuzzy Wuzzie Friday
The first BBFC Old Fellers Tournament of the season on Friday December 6th was won by the Tony Georgiou managed Fuzzy Wuzzies, who defeated The Sporting Shanks, managed by BBFC U8 Colts manager, Sam Emmery, 1-0 in the final. The eight team tournament was keenly contested both at the group stage and in the semi finals, where the The Sporting Shanks defeated Pat Walkers' Magnificent Fellas 1-0, before an epic sudden death penalty shoot out saw the Fuzzy Wuzzies sail into the final, leaving John Hyland's Tugboats in Stillwater. Many thanks to all those who entered this popular fundraiser for the club, especially BBFC Sponsors, Lauristons, who entered two teams on the night.




Tracksuits In Transit
The BBFC U9 Eagles can be seen modelling the very stylish new full BBFC tracksuit and tracksuit tops. All registered BBFC players receive a free tracksuit when they join the club. Most of a huge order for all sixteen teams at BBFC have now arrived in SW12, although a few boxes are seemingly still in transit. We look forward in the near future to seeing all BBFC players at matches wearing their smart new attire, kindly sponsored by Sullivan Thomas.


Uni Boys
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.


More Awards For JC
Congratulations to U11 Youth Team Coach and Manager, Jaden Cameron, who scooped up two more prizes recently. Firstly, he had to go to Villa Park on Thursday November 7th to pick up another TPAS - Tenant Of The Year National Award, for his outstanding achievements and the inspiration he brings to his local community and the younger generation. Secondly, he entered a competition as part of the FA Football Legacy programme and as a result won some training and match equipment for his BBFC squad. Nice one JC!
Click this link and see the Amicus Horizon newsletter online article.


How's your Italian?
Big news for the mighty BBFC U13s. They have been invited to Italy to play in a prestigious tournament against the likes of AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, Manchester City, BayerLeverkusen, Napoli and Zenit St Petersburg. The tournament is in late Feb 2014 but the build up has started already and, with impeccable taste, the organisers have started their run down of the teams that will be there with the boys from Balham. So if you want to see the Blazers logo in the sort of illustrious company we hope to become accustomed to and if your Italian is good enough to read what the rest of the world is learning about Balham's premier side then follow this link
torneo carnevaledi gallipoli

It is well worth bookmarking the link since all of the Blazers' games will be streamed live on the internet for free! “Vieni, Blazers!” as the Italians will soon learn to say.


Keepy Uppy Record
At a ball skills training session on Wednesday November 6th, U15 players, Vitor Carvalho and Aiman Sherif, set a staggering new BBFC club keepy uppy record of 195. To score a point in keepy uppy a player must do two or more kick ups and then pass the ball successfully to his partner. Every time a pass is completed a point is scored. Aiman and Vitor's amazing total meant that the ball being used did not touch the ground for over ten minutes.


Old Fellers Tournament
The first BBFC Old Fellers 6-a-side Tournament of the season will take place on Friday December 6th. 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 info@balhamblazers.org.uk 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.
Check out what is possible.


Marshall's Match Reports
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: http://www.youtube.com/user/FootballTBG/videos
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Half Term Camp
The weather held up, the turnout was excellent and the standard of football played at the BBFC October/November Half term Soccer Camp was top drawer. Congratulations to the two Toms - Lees and Stevens - who won “The Log” championship for U8s-U11s and U12s-U13s, played on a league basis, over the three days. If you've never played “The Log” a classic Balham Blazers game, then you haven't lived. It will be played again at the next BBFC Camp when the big question will be: can the two Toms defend their titles or will new Log champions be crowned on the final day?


Kits For Kenya
Balham Blazers FC are delighted to have donated some old kit to Eddie Appleton - older brother of U15 player, Charlie, U12 Colts player, Tom and U9 Eagles player, Jack. Eddie, who is going to Kenya with his school, Ashcroft Academy, for the October half term, to work with two schools in the Nakuru region, will be handing over the kit on our behalf.


It’s A Game Of Two Halves
The BBFC U13 Eagles produced one of the all time great, if not greatest, comebacks in BBFC history on Sunday September 29th. The opposition was a strong, well organised, Crawley Down Gatwick FC team who, like our Eagles, were unbeaten in their opening two games in the Tandridge League A Division and who lay second to us in the table. The Eagles overturned a 0-4 halftime deficit with an outstanding second half display full of pride, hunger and desire along with good football. They scored six unanswered goals to end up 6-4 winners in a game that demonstrates that it’s a game of two halves, it’s never over until it’s over and you can never take your foot off the gas.


Club Of The Year Again
Having won it previously in 2011, we are delighted to announce that BBFC has won the London FA Charter Standard Club of the Year again in 2013. The award was presented to BBFC General Manager, Greg Cruttwell, at the Awards Ceremony at Crystal Palace FC on Thursday September 12th.


Physiotherapist Available to BBFC
We are extremely fortunate to have the volunteer Neba Al Hashim offering her services to the club. After graduating from St George's Hospital Medical School as a Physiotherapy (BSc) graduate and obtaining a Diploma in Sports Massage (ProActive Training) she is now a postgraduate student (in Paediatrics) at Imperial College London. Having previously worked at Ethos (Imperial Sport South Kensington Campus) treating musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries she is now a children's physiotherapist in Balham. See the Physiotherapist page.


Where's Greg?
Can you spot BBFC General Manager, Greg Cruttwell, on holiday in France, in amongst the sunflowers?


Aaron Mitchell

Golden Boot In The USA
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


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Richard At The Cottage
Budding young footballer, Richard Stappard, whose brother Tane plays for our U13 Eagles and who we hope one day will be sporting BBFC colours himself, got the opportunity of a lifetime, if you’re a Fulham supporter that is, when as a Junior FFC member, his name was drawn out of a hat to be one of the official mascots at a pre-season friendly match in August against top Spanish team, Real Betis FC. As a mascot for the day Richard got to emerge from the tunnel alongside legendary Fulham club captain, Brede Hangeland. Richard had two pre-mascotting questions: 1. 'Will I be able to keep the kit?' - Answer: Yes. 2. 'Will I be playing?' - Answer: No. He also had two post-mascotting comments: 'The pitch was like a beautiful carpet!' - Not surprising, as it is Craven Cottage after all and 'These are the best socks I've ever had!'


BBFC Holiday Photo Competition
We are looking for the best, funniest, photos of the BBFC logo in holiday destinations. So, if you're going away this summer, be it to Torbay or Thailand, Dublin or Dubai, get snapping. We will publish the best ones on the website in September and award a prize for the winning photo. If you haven't got the logo with you then be creative and get Balham Blazers FC into a picture somehow.


Shroot v Mitchell
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.


Balham Blazers Bursary Fund Grows
Our Bursary Fund offers full or part bursaries to players selected to play for the club who can't afford all or part of the fees. To keep funding this scheme as the club grows we invite parents and friends of the club, in a position to do so, to support us by contributing donations to the Bursary Fund.

Please give if you can - this is an amazing way to give a child the joy of developing their football skills and being part of a team within a thriving club. Any donations are extremely generous and very much welcomed by the club and our Bursary recipients.

The ideal time to contribute is at our annual registration days on Wednesday 26th June, 6pm-8pm and Saturday 6th July, 10am-12pm at Chestnut Grove School.

If you have been selected to play for the club and would like to apply for Bursary funding please contact the club: info@balhamblazers.org.uk.


Coaching Opportunities at BBFC
Balham Blazers F.C. are always on the lookout for new coaches and team managers. Anyone interested needs to be qualified, CRB checked and would need to share the same playing and coaching ethos as other coaches in the club. If you're interested in joining us please email info@balhamblazers.org



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