Wednesday 29th November 2006

“Burroughs Park” has been selected by ESSEX COUNTY FA as their venue for a ladies inter county match against HUNTINGDONSHIRE in the EAST ANGLIAN COUNTIES WOMEN’S COMPETITION, on Thursday 11th January 2007 kick off 7.45

The game last night away to AFC SUDBURY lacked commitment, desire and passion from the Rovers players. Whereas SUDBURY played with confidence and the attitude of a side hungry for success, which resulted in us going down 4 – 0

Monday 27th November 2006

With regular goalkeeper LOUIS GREEN out of the country on business and replacement DAVE HUDSON getting injured playing in the Vets on Sunday. It has left without a senior experienced custodian so former SOUTHEND UNITED keeper JON O’BRIEN signs on to help out and is included in the squad for tomorrow’s match away at AFC SUDBURY.

Sunday 26th November 2006

What with both of yesterdays matches being called off because of waterlogged pitches and the Vets seconds without a league fixture, the only match that took place was the Vets first team who with another two goals from MARTIN SEDGEWICK they ran out 2 – 1 winners away to ROCHFORD SPORTS.

Friday 24th November 2006

The club are sadden to announce the passing of JACK HART, who died last Monday. JACK was a Rovers player in the forties and fifties, serverd on the clubs committee and in his later years when we became a senior club JACK would be the man to take your money and sell you a programme on the back gate. Even when health failed him he would still come up to Burrough’s Park and give the team his loyal support. Lifelong Rovers man who will sadly missed by us all.


Saturday December 9th STANSTED at Home in the league
Saturday December 16th CONCORD RANGERS at Home in the FRED BUDDEN TROPHY
Saturday December 23rd DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE at Home in the League
Saturday December 30th NO LEAGUE PROGRAMME on this day

Tuesday 21st November 2006

The first team played ENFIELD TOWN and lost 1 – 0. It was heart breaking to see that we had so much territorial advantage and still came away losing. 75% of this match was played in the Enfield half, We hit the post, crossbar and former Rovers keeper Jerome John was in good form to make some finger tip saves. But in the 37min DAVE BAISTION hit a hopeful ball that hit the underside of the bar then bounce down behind LOUIE in the Rovers goal, to give ENFIELD all three points.


Monanday 20th November 2006


The first team moved up one place in the league thanks to a fine 2 – 1 home win over ARLESEY TOWN with goals from NEIL RICHMOND [22min] and KEITH WILSON [74 min]. ARLESEY got a consolation goal from an 89th min penalty. The lads played well with a lot of heart, determination and good team spirit. Team : Green, Pitts, Wilson K, Cole, Beale, White, Butterworth, Clarke, Poole, Richmond, Cartlidge. Sub used Simmons 89th min for Butterworth. Attendance 83.

Leading Reserve team goal scorer TOM DOSSER added two more to his tally as the second team had a fine away win away at CONCORD RANGERS. MIKE FENTTIMAN and team captain DANNY HEATH got the others.

The vets first team played away at FORDS B in the charity cup and the two goals from MARTIN SEDGEWICK saw the lads progress through to the next round 2 – 1 winners

The Vets reserve team played in the division three league cup quarter final away to WHEATLEY and with one goal apiece from VAIL and SHORT saw them through to the semis.

Thursday 16th November 2006

“ROVERS” new signing LEON BRAITHWAITE has been selected for the English National Fire Brigade Team and plays today in Newcastle against the Scottish National team.

“ROVERS” signed two players today both from BILLERICAY TOWN 20 year old midfielder GEORGE LAY and 19 year old defender KURT HUSUN

Wednesday 15th November 2006

First team v Bishops Stortford won 2-1 in a friendly with Neil Richmond scoring 2
Second team played a league match against EAST THURROCK UNITED Res and lost 1 – 0
Sunday’s match at Burroughs Park has been called off due to a total of nine of the girls from both sides being selected to play for Essex County

13th November 2006

Friendly match arranged for this Wednesday evening ROVERS 1st Team V BISHOP STORTFORD kick off 7.45 at Burroughs Park

Sunday 12th November 2006

The Veterans had two good wins today both over BRIT ACADEMICALS.
BRIT 1st 3 ROVERS 1st 4 ROVERS 2nd 2 BRIT 2nd 0

Saturday 11th November 2006

A useful point was gained with an away 2 – 2 draw with REDBRIDGE F.C. with TOM POOLE getting both the goals.

Friday 10th November 2006

The draw for the forth round of the ESSEX SENIOR CUP was made today live on BBC Essex

1) Harlow Town V Wivenhoe Town, 2) Brent wood Town V Canvey Island, 3) GREAT WAKERING ROVERS V DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE, 4) AFC Hornchurch V Heybridge Swifts, 5) Aveley V Barking, 6) Maldon Town V Thurrock, 7) Braintree Town V Stanway Rovers, 8) Waltham Abbey V Grays Athletic

Our match with DAGENHAM; REDBRIDGE will take place at Burroughs Park on Tuesday December 5th. This of course means that the rearranged fixture away to HARLOW TOWN on December 6th will have to be rearranged again at a later date

Thursday 9th November 2006

The home match against WIVENHOE TOWN which was posponed because of our FA TROPHY tie with MERTHYR TYDFIL has now been rearranged for Tuesday 16th January 2007 four days prior to us playing them away.


Below are the results of the third round.

Braintree Town 3 v 0 Chelmsford City
Great Wakering Rovers 2 v 0 Burnham Ramblers
Aveley 4 v 1 Saffron Walden Town
Maldon Town 5 v 1 Tilbury
Brentwood Town 1 v 0 Redbridge
Harlow Town 1 aet 1 Bowers & Pitsea
Harlow won 3-2 on penalties
Waltham Forest 0 v 2 Barking
Dagenham & Redbridge 2 v 1 Billericay Town
Waltham Abbey 5 aet 1 Southend Manor
Wivenhoe Town 5 v 1 Basildon United
Ilford 1 v 4 Canvey Island
Heybridge Swifts 3 v 0 Witham Town
Grays Athletic 1 v 0 Concord Rangers
East Thurrock United 0 v 3 Thurrock
Barkingside 0 v 1 AFC Hornchurch
Halstead Town 0 v 1 Stanway Rovers

Two good wins were recorded last night

The first team beat BURNHAM RAMBLERS at home 2 – 0 in the ESSEX SENIOR CUP third round with both our goals coming for TOM POOLE on his debut. LEON BRAITHWAITE also made his first appearance

The second team were away at CANVEY ISLAND and with goals coming from LLOYD WILSON 2, TOM DOSSER and MIKE FENTTIMAN we won 4 – 2

Wednesday 8th November 2006

In “The Rovers” programme for tonight’s Essex Senior Cup match against BURNHAM RAMBLERS, the club has added it’s congratulations to STEVE TILSON and SOUTHEND UNITED for their tremendous Carling Cup victory over MANCHESTER UNITED last night.

TOM POOLE signs on a months loan deal from BILLERCAY TOWN and is included in the team tonight as is LEON BRAITHWAITE who is set to make his Rovers debut.

Sunday 5th November 2006

Great Wakering Rovers FC
Club Secretary Roger Sampson will be away on holiday from 10th November to 4th December inclusive. During this period, his secretarial details will be taken over by Mr. Norman Johnson (Nobby), contact details as in the handbook under Press Officer and Programme Editor.

Great Wakering Rovers FC Division One North

Third placed Enfield entertained top team Harlow Town in the Division One North star match, and in front of a crowd of 345, scored the only goal of the game through a Bryan Hammatt header in the 65th minute, moving themselves up to second spot in the Division and just three points behind the visitors.

It was a day of few goals – Ilford and Waltham Abbey lost at home respectively to Aveley and Canvey Island, and Redbridge lost at Ware by the only goal of the game – it was left to Bury Town to record the best victory – a 3-0 win at Tilbury. Tom Bullard had opened the scoring in the 19th minute for the visitors, who added further goals in the second half through Steve Bugg and Craig Parker.

Two matches finished with the goals and honours shared at 1-1 – Witham Town at home to Maldon Town and Arlesey Town at home the Flackwell Heath.

Sunday 5th November 2006

The Veterans first team went down 5 – 1 in the league away to FORDS [Basildon] Russell Sagghers getting the Rovers consolation goal
The Veterans sercond team went out of the cup to EVERSLEY PARK first team [who play a division above them] 2 – 1 with Paul Seales getting our goal
SATURDAY 4th November 2006

ELAINE JONES wins this weeks bonus ball with ball number 34

“THE ROVERS” went out of the FA. TROPHY

Losing at home to MERTHYR TIDFIL 1 – 0

It was a very good perfofamance from Wakering gave all they had against more fancied opposition. CRAIG STIENS scored for “The Martyrs” in the 34 minute but “The Rovers” raised their game and competed very well indeed and were unlucky not to have gone in at half time 1 – 1 after NEIL RICHMOND’S shot accross goal scraped passed the far post. A very determined Wakering and a resolute defence contained Merthyr but no more goals were forcoming so Merthyr returned to Wales 0 – 1 winners and into Mondays draw.


FRIDAY 3rd November 2006


Aged 33 LEON is probably one of the most experienced players we have signed. A fireman by profession who lives in Forest Gate and was born in Hackney in December 1972. He learnt his skills as a boy playing on the famous Hackney Marshes. In 2002 LEON was included in Paul Fairclough’s ENGLAND Non-League squad whilst playing for MARGATE in the Conferance. He has played in the Football League for EXETER CITY and in the League of Ireland for ST. PATRICKS ATHLETIC. In the time he was at ST. PATRICKS ATHLETIC he got a taste of big time European football as they were drawn against CELTIC F.C. on a two leg basis in the early round of the EUROPEAN CUP. LEON was a legend when he played for MARGATE where he met our manager IAIN O’CONNELL and they have been friends ever since. His last club was ERITH & BELVEDERE for whom he was also assistant manager. He has played also for DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE, WELLING, FISHER ATHLETIC and ILFORD. LEON is included in tomorrows line up against MERTHYR TYDFIL in the FA TROPHY.


“WHITEY” who has just returned from holiday is also included in tomorrow’s line up making it the strongest available squad IAIN could put out

Wednesday 1st November 2006


Great win last night for “THE ROVERS” as we won 1 – 0 away to WALTON & HERSHAM in the first Qualifying round of the FA TROPHY with a goal direct from a KEITH WILSON free kick. We didn’t have it all our own way if fact the first half was spent mainly in our half of the pitch with our defence under pressure. But after we took the lead in the 55 minute it was a much different story and a true reflection would have been a 3 – 0 victory. A great result coupled with FA TROPHY prize money for this round of £1,300

“BURROUGHS PARK” had its FA inspection yesterday from high ranking FA officials led by Ryman league chief executive NICK ROBINSON and apart from two minor adjustments 1. the dugouts and 2 painting some yellow no standing lines we passed with flying colours. NICK said “that the ground was very much a credit to the club , by far one of the best at this level and very clean and tidy” he also said please convey the findings of this inspection team that we should all be proud of “BURROUGHS PARK” “

Sunday 29th October 2006

The Rovers Review readership goes up by another nine as six more players sign up as well as JEFF CARDY , KEITH BULLEN and a blast from the past MICKY BURLES.

The two new players signed by the Vets this week RUSSELL SAGGERS and GREGG McMILLAN both made their debuts and played well in our 3-1 home win over RAYLEIGH AVENUE [Russell Saggers 2 and Jason Roberts] making it three wins on the trot.

The Vets second team are also putting an run together as they drew away with ZEUS F.C. 3 – 3

Saturday 28th October 2006

The ESSEX FA have given permission for the ESSEX SENIOR CUP match against BURNHAM RAMBLERS F.C. schedulrd for Tuesday November 7th to be switched to Wednesday November 8th at 7.45 to avoid clashing with SOUTHEND UNITED’S clash at Roots Hall with MANCHESTER UNITED.

Bonus Ball draw

Club Chairman ROY KETTRIDGE wins the Bonus Ball draw with ball number 30. The reserves assisted by a large number of first team players beat Romford Reserves 10 – 2 in a league match at “Burroughs Park”

FRIDAY 27th October 2006

The club are trying to move are ESSEX SENIOR CUP match at home to BURNHAM RAMBLERS from Tuesday November 7th to Wednesday November 8th as so not to clash with SOUTHEND UNITED’S Carling Cup match with MANCHESTER UNITED