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Anthony returns to old haunts

Brian Caffarey - 20th July 2017

Anthony returns to old haunts Wingate and Finchley v Woking
Pre-season friendly
3pm on Saturday 22 July 2017

On Saturday Anthony Limbrick takes his charges to the club at which he played, and later coached, after arriving from Australia. The Blues achieved their highest position ever last season, reaching the Ryman Premier play-offs, so ought to provide a good work-out for the Cards, whose game at Basingstoke Town on Tuesday evening was curtailed by torrential rain with Woking leading 1-0 through Inih Effiong’s first goal for the Club.


It must have been frustrating for Anthony on Tuesday not to have had a proper chance to see in action the various trialists who had been lined up. Matt Young, a full back with Chelmsford City last season, started at full back, but three trialists were on the bench: keeper Luke Sheldrick, winger Joe N’Guessan and centre back Jake Eales. It will be interesting to see if these players figure in Saturday’s game. Once again, summer signing Jason Banton was missing through injury.


The original Wingate FC had its roots in the Anglo-Jewish community and was founded after the Second World War with the express intention of countering anti-Semitism. In 1991 the club merged with Finchley FC.

The Blues enjoyed a very successful season in 2016-17, finishing in 5th place in the Ryman Premier Division but losing to Bognor Regis Town in the play-off semi-final.

Their pre-season friendly games so far have been:

Welwyn Garden City 1 Wingate and Finchley 4 (neutral ground)
Potters Bar 2 Wingate and Finchley 1 (neutral ground)
Haringey Borough 4 Wingate and Finchley 5
Wingate and Finchley 1 Boreham Wood 7

The Blues’ squad includes: former Leyton Orient and Dagenham and Redbridge striker, Afolabi Obafemi; Reece Beckles-Richards, who was a fringe player for the Cards from 2013-2015; striker Ben Pattie, who had a loan spell with Woking from QPR in the 2015-16 season; keeper Shane Gore; and summer signing, defender Wes Parker, who played over 250 games for Wealdstone.

On Tuesday night the Blues came up against a rampant Boreham Wood side, with ex-Card Bruno Andrade grabbing a hat-trick.


The Maurice Rebak Stadium
Summers Lane

Official website: www.wingatefinchley.com

By car

Head for the M25 (W), leaving at J16 to join the M40(E). Join the Western Ave/A40 (signposted C London and Harrow) and then the North Circular. Take the A1000 exit towards Barnet/N and E Finchley. Turn right onto High Road/A1000. After 1.4 miles turn right onto Summers Lane. The AA gives the journey time at just over one hour.

Re parking, the advice on the club’s website is as follows: “Please be aware NOT to park in the Rugby Club next door, as they will close their gates and lock you in. There are plenty of nearby streets, although please note not to park on the kerbs and also some surrounding roads have yellow lines.
The Club car park on matchdays is available for Club Officials (Home & Away), Players, Staff and VIP guests only.”

By train/underground

If you’re using public transport, the easiest way to get to the ground is probably to take the train to Waterloo and then the Northern Line (High Barnet branch) to West Finchley station. (The tube journey will take you about 30 minutes.)

The station is a 10/15 minute walk away from the ground. Alternatively, go to East Finchley Station and get a 263 bus heading North towards Barnet. Get off at the bus stop just after Summers Lane traffic lights


I do not have details of admission prices.

http://www.wingatefinchley.com/guide.php offers advice on where to eat and drink.


Woking v Cambridge United - 7.45pm, Tuesday 25th July (The Laithwaite Community Stadium)

Woking v Swindon Town - 3pm, Saturday 29th July (The Laithwaite Community Stadium)

The season kicks off on Saturday 5 August 2017 when Woking are at home to Gateshead.

Come on, you Cards!
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