Wingate & Finchley F.C.

Wingate & Finchley Football Club is an English football club based in Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet. The club are currently members of the Isthmian League Premier Division and play at The Maurice Rebak Stadium in North London.

Wingate & Finchley
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Full nameWingate & Finchley Football Club
Nickname(s)The Blues
Founded1991; 28 years ago
GroundThe Maurice Rebak Stadium, Finchley
Capacity1,500 (500 seated)
ChairmanAron Sharpe
ManagerMarc Weatherstone[1]
LeagueIsthmian League Premier Division
2020–21Isthmian League Premier Division (season curtailed)
WebsiteClub website
Wingate & Finchley (blue shirts) take on Wivenhoe Town at The Harry Abrahams Stadium.

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1991 by a merger of Wingate and Finchley.[2] Although Finchley were the higher placed of the two clubs, the new club took Wingate's place in the Premier Division of the South Midlands League and played at Finchley's Summers Lane ground, which was renamed after Harry Abrahams, a long time Wingate supporter. In 1994–95 they finished second in the league and joined Division Three of the Isthmian League.

After a second-place finish in 1998–99 they were promoted to Division Two, but were relegated back to Division Three at the end of the following season.[3] After league reorganisation they were placed in Division One North for the 2002–03 season, but in 2004 were transferred to the Eastern Division of the Southern League. The club later returned to Division One North of the Isthmian League. In 2009–10 they finished third, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, in which they lost 3–2 to Enfield Town. The following season the club won the Isthmian League Cup and the London Senior Cup, and finished third again. After beating Harlow Town in the play-off semi-finals, they defeated Brentwood Town 3–2 after extra time in the final, earning promotion to the Premier Division - and securing an historic Treble.

The club finished mid-table in its first season in the Premier Division, before surviving a relegation scare in 2012–13 with one match to spare. In 2013–14, the club were relegated on goal difference behind East Thurrock United despite a final day 5-0 victory. However the drama did not end there, as the resignation of Worksop Town from the Northern Premier League gave Wingate & Finchley a much welcomed reprieve from relegation. The club finished the 2015–16 season in 13th position on 60 points. On 8 October 2018, the club pulled a coup by employing Nicky Shorey and Glen Little as managers. This was short-lived, as Nicky left on 29 October 2018.[4]

Club identityEdit

Wingate & Finchley are often perceived as a 'Jewish club', due to Finchley's sizeable Jewish community and a number of other factors, including sporting the Star of David on the club's badge, having a number of Jews on the committee of the club and being able to apply for special dispensation to move their games should they fall on Yom Kippur.[5] One of Wingate & Finchley's predecessor clubs, Wingate, was established in order to aim to combat anti-semitism.[6] The original Wingate club was named after Orde Wingate, who had been involved in training the Haganah, the precursor to the Israeli Defense Forces.

Fans and rivalriesEdit

Wingate & Finchley have an ultras group called the BlueArmyUltras [7] which was formed in 2016. Attendances are quite low for the league with Wingate only getting an average attendance of 141 in the 2017/18 season.[8]

Wingate & Finchley also have a few rivalries with other clubs. These include Hendon and Enfield Town as the bigger rivals and also Harrow Borough, Potters Bar due to their close proximity and competitive similarities. To an even lesser extent, Cockfosters may be considered rivals due to both sides commonly playing each other in the London Senior Cup.

GroundEdit

Wingate & Finchley play their home games at The Maurice Rebak Stadium, Summers Lane, Finchley, London, N12 0PD.

The stadium used to be called Summers Lane when Finchley played there. After the merger it was renamed The Harry Abrahams Stadium after a life-long Wingate fan. In the summer of 2016, the stadium was renamed to its current name, The Maurice Rebak Stadium.[9] It is named after the co-founder who died earlier that year. Wingate and Finchley also have an amazing youth team producing great talented players. They train at the prince Edward Playing fields in Barnet.

Current squadEdit

As of 4 September 2021.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Pos. Nation Player
GK   ENG Ben Goode
GK   WAL Fergal Hale-Brown
DF   ENG Matthew Achuba
DF   ENG Jake Eales
DF   ENG Jordan Gibbons
DF   ENG Sam Hatton
DF   ENG Loic Hernandez
DF   ENG Alieu Njie
DF   GHA Daniel Pappoe
DF   ATG Connor Peters
MF   ENG Ta'Shae Andall-Gibbons
Pos. Nation Player
MF   ENG Kavan Cotter
MF   ENG Luke Ifil
MF   ENG Junior Mubiayi
MF   ENG Bilal Sayoud
MF   ENG J'Ardell Stirling
MF   ENG Tommy Tejan-Sie
FW   ENG Darnell Goather-Braithwaite
FW   ENG Alphanso Kennedy
FW   ENG Jabir Laraba
FW   ENG Ibrahim Meite
FW   NIR Liam Smyth

Records and honoursEdit

As Wingate & Finchley

  • Isthmian League
    • League Cup winners 2010–11
  • London Senior Cup[11][12]
    • Winners 1994-95, 2010–11
    • Runners Up 2004-05

As Finchley FC

  • Middlesex Senior Cup
    • Winners 1928-29, 1943–44, 1951–52
  • London Senior Cup
    • Winners 1932-33, 1951–52, 1952-53 (Joint holders with Walthamstow Avenue)
  • Middlesex Charity Cup
    • Winners 1942-43, 1950–51
  • Championship London League
    • Winners 1936-37
  • London League Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1934-35
  • London Intermediate Cup
    • Winners 1932-33
  • Middlesex Intermediate Cup
    • Winners 1932-33
  • Athenian League
    • Winners 1953-54

As Wingate FC

  • Herts County League Division One
    • Winners 1984-85

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Who we are". Wingate & Finchley. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  2. ^ Wingate (Herts) at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ Wingate & Finchley at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ "Wingate & Finchley". wingatefinchley.com. Archived from the original on 9 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ "An ambiguous Jewish identity for Wingate & Finchley". When Saturday Comes. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Wingate & Finchley FC: Built up from proud Anglo-Jewish roots". Kick It Out. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  7. ^ "BlueArmyUltras". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  8. ^ "AVERAGE ATTENDANCES BOSTIK LEAGUE PREMIER". thelinnets.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Stadium renamed for co-founder". isthmian.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2020) Non-League Club Directory 2021, p510 ISBN 978-1869833848
  11. ^ 2E0MCA Martin Addison+ Add Contact (10 May 2011). "Wingate & Finchley 3 vs Hendon FC 1 in the London Senior Cup | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Memorandum Of Procedures For Dealing With Misconduct Occurring". Docstoc.com. 24 April 2010. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2013.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°36′24.649″N 0°10′17.540″W / 51.60684694°N 0.17153889°W / 51.60684694; -0.17153889