BGT cup final preview: meet the teams - UJIA


DARREN ROLFE – Player-manager - Keeper – played all his footballing career as a centre half winning back to back promotions with Zig Zag in Divisions Four and Five. UJIA signed Rolfe in 2007/8 season. Rolfe then took over the club in 2008/9 season and won the Division Four campaign in his second year in charge. Rolfe brings UJIA to their second cup final in the Barry Goldstein Cup (Minor Cup) and has great experience in this Cup as he scored the winning penalty when he played for Ebor in the U12’s. Having lost it in the last minute to Faithfold last season, Rolfe is looking to turn things around this term

MATT RADSTONE – Midfield - Matt has an unbelievable engine on him with great composure to add to his game. Has won the MSFL player of the year in Division Four two seasons ago and quite rightly so, he was awesome. He is a born winner and scores lots of goals as he likes to get forward. Matt has been UJIA’s player of the year for the last two seasons running. He's simply a born winner. Looking to turn things around this final from a runner-up to a winner medal

SIMON SOKEL – Club Coach - Simon Sokel, aged 57, managed Athletico Stanmore and Brixton Old Boys in the Maccabi League. He then went on to coach Southall Football Club in the Combined Counties League and then Ashford Town Football Club in the Ryman League. He has been with UJIA for three years and was instrumental in UJIA winning the fourth division title last year. Simon will be looking to pick up a winners medal this season as Faithfold piped him to one last time around. The man’s been instrumental in UJIA’S success over the last three seasons

BEN SOKEL – Midfield – a consistently good player who never lets UJIA down. Ben sits in front of the back four mopping up pressure and then gives the ball for a counter-attack. Ben will chip in with a goal or two but a real team player who works his socks off. He has made good progress this season and gets himself on the team sheet week in week out with his attitude and hard work

NICK RUSSELL – Midfield – a great signing from Carefree Athletic in the Watford League. Nick is another dynamic midfielder who can play anywhere on the park let alone midfield. An unbelievable engine and will run all day. Nick also chips in with some vital goals. Hhe has won honours with Kenton and NLJ FC. Nick enjoys the space at Wingate and will relish a chance to have a go at Neasden’s left-back

DOMINIC HALLET – Midfield – This is Dom’s first season here at UJIA, having signed from Inter Borehamwood. When called upon Dom has been solid a reliable player in the UJIA camp

ASHLEY FREEMAN – Midfield - this has been Ashley’s first season with UJIA and he has got better as the season has gone on. Probably one of the fittest players in the team, so he’ll tell you! Ashley has played across the midfield all season and scored some very important goals. He’s a great lad and has great enthusiasm and passion for the game. A true winner

JEREMY TEACHER – Midfield - well talk about a sweet left peg. It was Jeremy’s left foot that beat Glenthorne in the group stages and his spectacular effort that won the semi-final against Blizzard Storm. He can play left midfield or in front of the back four. Has really come on in the quarter of the season. A great signing from Rapid Banta

PAUL SHAMPLINA – Full back / midfield – a second season with the UJIA squad and a very welcomed one. Shamps has been around the MSFL for years now and has won many honours in his career. Cyril Anekstein (2), runner-up in the Peter Morrison, Premier League twice, Division one, Maccabiah Games in 2001, 2005, European Maccabi Games in 2003, 2007, Men’s futsal and Vienna European Games 2011. Paul now plays for Brady in the Masters. UJIA hope he can add the Barry Goldstein Cup to his list of honours

ALEX SELIGMAN – Defender- the most consistent player in the UJIA squad. Alex has been with the club for 15 years and has seen many ups and downs. He is a loyal character who enjoys pulling on the UJIA jersey every Sunday morning. Alex was also instrumental in last year’s squad that got the U's to Wingate and the squad that won Division Four two years ago. He scored some vital goals and loves getting forward taking on a player or two. Alex will be sorely missed today through an injury that happened in a game that got them through to the final

GAVIN RHODES – Defender - second season with UJIA for Gavin who is a versatile player that has played left-wing, left-back and centre half. You’ll always get 110 per cent from Rhodsie. He has also chipped in with some vital goals for the U’s. A a true gent

ELLIOT NORMAN – Defender – Has been a UJIA player for seven years now. You know what you’re going to get on a Sunday morning with Elliot; he is solid and has a trusty left foot, great member of our squad

BEN RADSTONE - Defender – Ben joined UJIA four years ago with his brother Matt and has been a key player in getting the team to Wingate and winning the Division Four title two years ago. Ben who has won Division Three and five titles with Southgate Harmen is now an established member of the UJIA set up. Ben is also key in getting the team ready for most games with a pre-match story from his spiritual advisors! A great guy to have in the squad

GAVIN SHERMAN – Defender – Since Gavin joined UJIA they have looked far more solid at the back. Gavin is a no-nonsense player that brings real experience to our side. Gavin was instrumental last season and helped UJIA to their first-ever Cup Final, and also winning the league in 2009/10. Gavin likes to get forward and scores some vital goals. He has lots in his trophy cabinet including two Premier Division titles with Brady, title with UJIA, runner-up in the Cyril Anekstein and a runner-up in Baltimore representing Maccabi GB and a runners-up medal in last year’s BG Cup

JEREMY LEIGH – Defender – The vocalist that gets UJIA’S dressing room going before the game. Having played in the Minor Cup final of the under-12’s with Jerry, Darren Rolfe is hoping lightning can strike twice in the final. Jerry still has bags of pace and has been a huge player since his move from Brixton. Jerry has played across the back four all season and has done exceptionally well. His pace will be required on such a huge pitch at Wingate today. He's Looking to improve on last season’s runners-up medal

ASSI AVITAL – Striker – As humble as they come, Assi joined UJIA half way through season 09/10 - a great signing from Harmen. Assi is a warhorse and doesn’t stop. He holds the ball so well being big and strong. He has also scored 14 goals coming into this game. A key player in the transformation of UJIA’S season. Assi missed out on last the final last season and his teammates are all hoping he turns up!

BEN NASSIM – Striker - Ben brings everything to the table, pace, strength, holding the ball up, he will defend like a king from the front. Since Ben joined UJIA he has won player of the week in the JC twice. Ben was also named as player of the month for March in Division 3. He is a humble character off the pitch but so focused and energetic on it. Ben has won many honours in his career to date including Division titles in divisions 2, 3 and 4. AJY under-18 cup winner and has played for the rep team

TONY PLASKOW – Striker – Tony is a key player in UJIA’S squad. He has a history of honours as a Faithfold player, playing for their A’s in his 20’s. Tony signed for the U’s three season ago and has tremendous quick feet and a fantastic eye for goal. His strength, experience and defence splitting passing will be worth the £3 on the door today!

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