Ryman League

Wingate & Finchley granted a reprieve

By Paul Lerman, May 29, 2014

The FA and the Ryman League today confirmed that Wingate & Finchley have been granted a reprieve from relegation and shall rejoin the Ryman Premier Division for season 2014/15.

This follows the resignation of Worksop Town last Friday from the Northern Premier League, which left one spare place at Step 3 which comes to the Blues as the highest ranked team on 'points-per-game'.


Pinner two good for Panathinaikos

November 21, 2011

Watford Friendly League Green Division
Panathinaikos Youth 0 Pinner JFC 2

Strikes from Ollie Hershon and Ben Green claim an impressive victory over fellow high-flyers Panathinaikos Youth in the Watford Friendly League Green Division.


Wingate's & Finchley's finest hour

By Danny Caro, May 12, 2011

Aron Sharpe has described Tuesday's London Senior Cup final success as his finest hour after Wingate & Finchley completed a historic treble.

Having won the Ryman League Cup in March, the Blues earned promotion to the Ryman League Premier for the first time after beating Brentwood Town in the playoff final on Saturday.


Massu cross over Wimbledon defeat

June 24, 2010

Nicolas Massu was in dismissive mood following his first-round defeat at the hands of qualifier Ilija Bozoljac.

"I don't expect much when I play on grass," said the Chilean after the four-set defeat. "I think this is a different sport. I try to fight and try to do my best, but if there is someone that plays better on this surface, it's difficult to beat him. I have my chances today, but I didn't make it."


A happy end

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

Wingate & Finchley caretaker manager Ben Winston has been asked to stay on at the club after steering them to their best ever finish in the Division One North.

In his eight games in charge, Winston claimed five wins, a draw and two defeats, culminating in a narrow loss at Ware. “I have really enjoyed my time as manager,” said Winston. “It has been fantastic to take on this challenge and to finish in the highest ever league position for the club is really positive.


Winston tastes first defeat

By Paul Lerman, March 30, 2009

Ryman League Division One North:
Maldon Town 2 Wingate & Finchley 1

With goals at the start and end of the game, Maldon Town somehow took all three points from this game and dented Wingate & Finchey's playoff hopes.

The home side took the lead in only the second minute through a free kick that was swung in from the left wing for centre-back Nathan Fletcher who jumped in space to head the ball perfectly into the top corner.


Winston appointed as caretaker-manager at Wingate

By Danny Caro, March 20, 2009

Ben Winston is the new manager of Wingate & Finchley after former Arsenal player Martin Hayes parted company with the club by mutual consent.

Hayes took over from Michael Stone last month after Stone moved to Rushden & Diamonds. But, with the team lying seventh in the Ryman League Division One North table and in playoff contention, they suffered five defeats in the six matches he was in charge for.


Blues claim impressive away win

February 18, 2009

Ryman League Division One North:
Cheshunt 0
Wingate & Finchley 1

Wingate & Finchley returned to winning ways with a very tough away win at fellow playoff hopefuls Cheshunt. Cheshunt had the first chance of the game when Ashley Taylor-Forbes was put through on goal but his shot was blocked by Gavin King. The rebound fell to Ola Akinnawo but off-balance, he scooped the ball over the bar.


Wingate beaten by leaders

By Paul Lerman, February 11, 2009

Ryman League Division One North
Wingate & Finchley 0 Aveley 1

Despite being the better side for the large majority of the game, Wingate & Finchley eventually lost out to table-toppers Aveley.

The Blues attacked right from the very start; in a crowded box Chris Chase almost scored a spectacular goal with a deft back-heel but he narrowly missed the target.

Craig Ellis then had a free header from a deep corner, but his goalbound effort was cleared off the goalline.


'My boys will fight until the death,' says Stone

January 29, 2009

Wingate & Finchley 2
East Thurrock United 2

Wingate & Finchley manager Michael Stone was delighted with the character shown by his team as the blues maintained their playoff push with a hard-earned draw against fellow high-flyers East Thurrock United.

“I thought we had a great start and in the first 25 minutes caused East Thurrock all sorts of problems. We scored one during this period and if we had added another I really feel that it would have been difficult for them to come back.”