To reach this cup final and guarantee automatic promotion, still with a very slim chance of being champions, is a fantastic achievement for this team and everyone associated with Parkwood Rangers. Like most teams, injuries/players working have really made it difficult at times, especially earlier in the season, but all the boy’s hard work has made it worthwhile, especially considering the high standard as always in the 3rd division and the fact that we have missed out on promotion by one place now 4 times.
What's especially pleasing is, as a club which is the proud recipient of the FA’s
Standard Charter Community award, we now have well over 300 players playing for Parkwood; so from 7 little lads attending the same school and kicking a ball about at the ‘Golden Acre’ in Bexley and with 2 footballing dads, Jim Maietta and Neil Smith dedicating time , we have continued to evolve as a club with a fantastic group of volunteers and now ladies/girls/minis/vets/footsall teams and so many community projects on the go.
We are extremely proud of our achievement to give our local community a club that welcomes all age groups and ability, genders/backgrounds etc, even if sometimes it means we can't compete at the highest of levels.
After being involved with Parkwood Rangers for 19 years, my 1st team still has 9 players that have played for Parkwood since 4 years of age or played 90% of their football at Parkwood which is something the club is very proud of.
This year we are now in the advanced stages of securing 90% of the funds, via the London FA, for a new 3G pitch with lights and a stand. With the continued support of the league - Bexley Sports & Social club and those brilliant volunteers, lead by Gavin Davies, our club secretary and Roberto Salvati, our chairman and my assistant manager , we hope we can continue to grow, offering everyone a fun and safe place to develop both footballing and social skills, plus making many friends in the process.
We do have a fund raising paid on our website for much needed funds for our 3G pitch & it would be great if you could add the link
As for cup run to the final, we have played and beaten some very competitive teams in Crayford Arrows , Equinoccial, Dulwich village and Greenways and we know the game against Johnson Philips will be tough so although, we’re here to win, we must also enjoy the night.
Bye 1st round
Greenways won 5-2 - goals Tom M, Manny F, Tom G, Nathan P & an OG
Dulwich village - 10-0 - Harry S 3, James Hirsch 2, & 1 each for Nath P, Ryan f Michael M & 2 for Stephan Koffi now left. (biggest win at seniors & 1st ever hatrick for Harry
Equinoccial won 3-1 AET - goals Ben M 2 & 1 for Tom M
In signing off, obviously I need to thank our coach Harry Kent , assistant manager Roberto Salvati and our super Lino , Dave Pickering who without all the effort would of made our relative success impossible.. so I sincerely hope that everyone watching tonight enjoys the match and a special mention to Cyril Windiate who will be stepping down from a full time role as chairman of the Kent county league , a special person to give so much time to others and all at Parkwood Rangers wish Cyril well, although I expect Cyril will not completely retire.. as football is everything!
Yours in sport