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4th win in 5 ends year on a high

WIFC finished another great year of IFA football with a 4th win in 5 games against a typically spirited Dagenham & Redbridge side at a frosty Met Police this Saturday. Ross Connor got the Internet ‘Orns off to a flier when he tapped in a Steve Eustice cross after just 5 minutes, and Connor doubled the lead with his 12th of the season soon after, when he finished sweetly following an excellent cross-field pass from Joel Moody. Dave Soloway completed the first half scoring when he scored his 4th in 3 games and 6th of the season from close range at the second bite of the cherry, following a good stop to his initial effort.

The second half saw more chances and it was Moody who scored the 4th, though the visiting keeper will feel he could’ve done better with the low strike. Soloway also had the ball in the net twice more though both were ruled offside. At the other end, with Tom Beck closing in on a first clean sheet, the visitors efforts were rewarded when Ben Bateman slice into his own net. WIFC restored the 4 goal cushion when Mark Brennan’s left foot finish completed the scoring.


All the results to date, from 2014/15

Overall Record

WIFC 13/14 Pld W D L GS GA GD
League 13 7 2 4 36 38 -2
Friendlies 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
Cup Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 15 8 2 5 39 41 -2
Goals Per Game         2.60 2.73  

Results and Scorers

Date Comp Opposition   Score Scorers
23-Aug-14 LGE1/LCGRP Stevenage H W 4-2 Hill 2, Soloway 2
30-Aug-14 LGE2 Northampton H W 5-1 Wenham, R Sterry, Moody, Connor 2
06-Sep-14 LGE3 Bury B H D 2-2 OG, Murphy
13-Sep-14 LGE4 Gillingham A D 1-1 Connor
20-Sep-14 LGE5/IFAC1 Kingstonian H L 2-10 Connor 2
04-Oct-14 FR WIFC Yellows v Whites H W 3-0 Jenkins, Connor 2
11-Oct-14 LGE6/LCGRP West Ham A L 2-7 Jenkins, Bateman
18-Oct-14 LGE7 AFC Wimbledon A H W 5-1 Hill, Moody, J Sitkowski, Murphy 2
01-Nov-14 LGE8 Stevenage A L 1-5 Connor
08-Nov-14 LGE9 Ipswich A W 1-0 Jenkins
15-Nov-14 LGE10 Hampton & Richmond A W 4-2 Soloway, Murphy (Pen), Connor 2
22-Nov-14 LGE11 WBA H L 0-5  
29-Nov-14 LGE12 MK Dons A W 4-1 Soloway 2, Murphy, J Davis
13-Dec-14 LGE13 Dagenham & Redbridge H W 5-1 Connor 2, Soloway, Moody, Brennan


Richard Murphy 13
Ross Connor 13
Tom Beck 13
Michael De Crescenzo 12
Matt Ainsley 11
Stuart Nicholls 11
Ally Hill 9
John Sitkowski 9
Ed Sterry 9
Dave Soloway 8
Rob Stone 8
Maurice Clarke 8
Joel Moody 7
Dave Messenger 6
Stuart Holdham 5
Brad Simmons 5
Richard Walker 5
Julian Carrera 5
David Sitkowski 4
James Jenkins 4
Matt Ladell 4
Ben Bateman 4
Dan Willis 3
Phil McBride 3
Jeremy Hinds 3
Ben Pegram 3
Ben Morrison 3
Panos Fellas 3
Andy Myall 3
Richard Wenham 3
Paul Watt 2
Martin Pollard 2
Mark Brennan 2
Ben Kelly 2
Spencer Brown 2
Matt Wells 1
Rob Sterry 1
Warren Flanagan 1
Steve Eustice 1
Micky Eales 1
Chris Dew 1
Jimmy Davis 1
Leigh Harrington 1
Alan McTavish 1
Chris Pullen 1


Ross Connor 12
Dave Soloway 6
Richard Murphy 5
Joel Moody 3
Ally Hill 3
James Jenkins 3
Rob Sterry 1
John Sitkowski 1
Mark Brennan 1
Jimmy Davis 1
Ben Bateman 1
Richard Wenham 1

57. Jerry Ladell

Position – On the touchline, failing that in the bar, failing that full back
DOB – 19/08/57
Apps – 5
Goals – 0
Worldnets – 1
Debut v Barnsley – September 2013
Nicknames – Matt’s Dad

Jerry made his debut alongside his son, Matt, as part of a fun bus trip to Barnsley in September 2013. He remembers us losing 3-2, when in fact it was 5-2 and that probably sums up his contributions quite well that day. All joking aside, Jerry has been a regular at the club since and has played a vital part in ensuring that Matt can make games. Jerry regularly runs the line and helped out as referee for our game against Northampton, awarding a final minute penalty against his son for good measure.

Jerry’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
An old git who should know better to be trying to still play football at 57 years old

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
The first I can really remember is Liverpool 1967 3rd Round of the FA Cup – we drew 0-0 (lost the replay 3-1). I watched it from the roof of the Red Lion Garage!

Finest ever WFC memory:
Finishing runners-up to Liverpool in our first season in the old first division.

Worst away trip and why
Easy, Torquay 27 December 1977, won 3-2. I am reminded of the game every time I look in the mirror. I decided to try and head a brick away that was thrown by a Torquay fan, it smashed my nose to bits….

WIFC playing highlight
Injuring myself in the warm up of our first vets game up in Leeds during the summer – only managed 15 minutes play during the whole weekend, and those minutes weren’t very memorable!

Favourite WIFC moment
That’s still to come (I hope), other than that the 20/20 cricket at Headingley with the vets

All-time favourite Watford player
For ages it was Billy Jennings but then along came Heidar Helguson.

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
M.Walker; D.Welbourne; W.Rostron; K.Eddy; I.Bolton; L.Taylor; T.Garbutt; J.Barnes; S.Scullion; H.Helguson & M.Vydra

Red shorts or black?

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
Got to be George Clooney – we have the same chiselled looks!

37. John Sitkowski


Position – Defensive midfielder
DOB – 07/01/1992
Apps – 16
Goals – 0
Worldnets – 0
Debut v Southampton – June 2013
Nicknames – None as yet

John arrived at the club at the back end of the 2012/13 season, making his debut in our final game at home to Southampton. He’s since gone on to be a regular fixture in the side, though has yet to find the back of the net (or hit the target if memory serves). John capped off a decent debut season by starting in the 2014 London cup final and finished as runner up in the ‘Best Newcomer’ award.

John’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence
Serious and always fashionably late.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
vs. Bolton in ’99 at Wembley. I can’t remember a lot but the Watford streaker gave me nightmares for weeks.

Finest ever WFC memory:
Play off semi final against Leicester. Pretty obvious choice, but to go from such a low feeling of conceding a penalty to go out of the play offs, to scoring and going to Wembley in a matter of seconds was incredible.

Worst away trip and why
I’ve only ever seen Watford lose once away, and that was the first leg of the play off semi final against Leicester.

WIFC playing highlight
Still yet to score, so I’ll go for starting in the 13/14 season cup final.

Favourite WIFC moment
I really enjoyed Barnsley away during 13/14 season. Fun bus antics and beating them 5-1 in the afternoon.

All-time favourite Watford player
Lloyd Doyley

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
Foster, Doyley, Shittu, Demerit, Mariappa; Young, Abdi, Battochio, Adam Johnson, Mooney, Deeney.

Red shorts or black?

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
George Clooney

WIFC secure gritty draw

WIFC battled to a well-earned 2-2 draw against Bury B last weekend, extending the unbeaten run since the start of the season to 3 games for the first time since 2005/06. The home side got off to a dream start when a visting defender put through his own net under pressure from Ally Hill.

Goalmouth action from the draw against Bury B

Goalmouth action from the draw against Bury B

The visitors levelled through Jamie Sanders, who then doubled the lead before the break as both sides worked hard in warm conditions. After the break, WIFC worked for the equaliser and defended stoutly, getting their rewards when Richard Murphy finished from close range after some great work by Stuart Nicholls. There was still time for the Internet ‘Orns to almost snatch the win, when Ross Connor fed Ally Hill, who was denied at point blank range as the final whistle blew.

More goalmouth action

More goalmouth action

The new season continues at the weekend, as WIFC travel to Gillingham before moving onto Charlton for the Watford game.

2 out of 2 for the Internet ‘Orns

WIFC made it two wins out of two for the season so far, following up last week’s 4-2 win against Stevengae with a 5-1 win against a spirited Northampton side at the Met Police. Having gone behind early last week, the home side were indebted to ‘keeper Tom Beck for a fine save in the first minute, and it was WIFC who took an early lead when Richard Wenham headed Rob Stone’s wayward shot in at the far post.

Moz Clarke, Rob Sterry, Ally Hill and Richard Wenham prepare to attack a corner

Moz Clarke, Rob Sterry, Ally Hill and Richard Wenham prepare to attack a corner

Following a scrappy period of play where chances were at a premium, apart from a gilt-edged chance which went begging for Dave Soloway, manager Richard Walker shuffled his pack and sub Rob Sterry doubled the lead on 35 mins, when he converted a pin-point first time cross from brother Ed, who nicely made amends for a comedy fall when he lost his footing in the previious attack.

Sterry slots home the second WIFC goal

Sterry, R slots home the second WIFC goal

WIFC improved after the break and got early rewards when Ally Hill’s blocked shot fell nicely for Joel Moody to finish tidily. Ross Connor soon added a 4th when he acrobatically tunrned home a Soloway cross. At the other end, Northmapton got some rewards for a hard-working display when they converted a penalty, but man of the match Connor added his second and WIFC’s fifth to complete the scoring/

Ross Connor capped a man of the match display with WIFC's 5th goal

Ross Connor capped a man of the match display with WIFC’s 5th goal

WIFC’s season continues at a pace, with Bury B visting next weekend and first away game of the season at Gillingham the following week before the big boys take on Charlton.


New season kick-off approaches

WIFC begin their 18th full season of IFA action this weekend, with a home London Cup/League fixture against Hertfordshire neighbours Stevenage. Keith Bell’s side provided the opposition in the last game of the 2013/14 season, and new WIFC boss Richard Walker will be hoping his side can emulate the 3-1 win.

The game will count for league points and is the first of two group games in the London Cup. Finalists in all 3 years since the cup’s inception, and winners against Stevenage themselves in 2013, WIFC have also been drawn with the only other team to feature in the final, two times winners West Ham.

The game this weekend also sees the first visit to Watford for the Stevenage team, as all previous fixtures have either been played in the North Herts town or on neutral venues. To check out the full playing record against Stevenage, and other IFA opponents, click on the link below.

WIFC complete playing record

For updates from the game, follow @watford_ifc on twitter.


All the results from 2013/14..

Overall record

WIFC 13/14 Pld W D L GS GA GD
League 20 11 3 6 65 36 29
Friendlies 2 0 2 0 1 1 0
Cup Games 5 1 2 2 3 5 -2
TOTAL 27 12 7 8 69 42 27
Goals Per Game         2.56 1.56  
Final League Position
Final English League Position
First Round
London Cup
Did not enter
Worldnet Vets


Date  Comp Opposition   Score Scorers
07-Sep-13 LGE1/LCGRP Dagenham & Redbridge H W 8-1 Holdham, Copeland, J Davis 2, Moody 2, OG, Farnfield
14-Sep-13 LGE2 Barnet H L 1-4 Nicholls
21-Sep-13 LGE3 Barnsley A L 2-5 B Clarke, Moody
28-Sep-13 LGE4/LCGRP AFC Wimbledon A H W 3-0 R Sterry, Wenham, Dundon
19-Oct-13 LGE5/LCGRP Cambridge A D 3-3 Hinds, Jenkins, J Davis
26-Oct-13 LGE6 Northampton A W 5-1 Nicholls, Moody, J Davis, Pollard 2
16-Nov-13 LGE7 Wycombe A W 10-1 Dundon, Jenkins 2, Hill 2, J Davis 2, Moody 2, M Clarke
30-Nov-13 LGE8/IFAC1 West Ham A L 0-1  
21-Dec-13 LGE9 Ipswich A W 4-1 R Sterry, Murphy, Kos, Flanagan
08-Feb-14 LGE10 Coventry A D 1-1 Soloway
15-Mar-14 FR WIFC Yellows v Whites H D 1-1 J Davis – Moody
05-Apr-14 LGE11/LCSF Gillingham A W 3-2 Hill, R Sterry 2 (2 pens)
12-Apr-14 LGE12 Dagenham & Redbridge A W 3-2 R Sterry 3
18-Apr-14 LGE13 Oxford A D 1-1 OG
19-Apr-14 LGE14 Ipswich H W 2-1 Hill, Brennan
10-May-14 LGE15 MK Dons H L 1-2 Fellas
18-May-14 LGE16/LCF West Ham N L 2-4 Hill, Jenkins
24-May-14 LGE17 Coventry H L 2-3 J Davis 2
07-Jun-14 LGE18 Gillingham H W 5-2 Hill 3 (1pen), Moody, Dew
14-Jun-14 LGE19 Southampton A W 6-0 Roy, J Davis 2, Lambe, Connor 2
28-Jun-14 LGE20 Stevenage A W 3-1 Hill, J Davis, De-Crescenzo
26-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets Leeds N D 0-0  
26-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets AFC Halifax Vets N L 0-2  
26-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets Exeter Vets N D 1-1 OG
27-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets West Brom Vets N W 2-0 Nicholls, Spender
27-Jul-14 Worldnet Vets Bradford Vets N L 0-2  


Name 13/14 Apps
Joel Moody 19
Richard Murphy 18
Richard Walker 15
Maurice Clarke 13
Brad Simmons 12
Ally Hill 12
John Sitkowski 12
Ed Sterry 12
Jimmy Davis 12
Tom Beck 11
James Jenkins 11
Stuart Nicholls 11
Phil McBride 10
Matt Ladell 10
Dave Soloway 9
Matt Ainsley 9
Rob Stone 9
Andy Myall 9
Dave Messenger 9
Jeremy Hinds 8
David Morren 8
Richard Wenham 8
Ben Bateman 7
Jamie Parkins 6
Steve Eustice 6
Mat Ball 6
Martin Pollard 6
Laurence Wells 6
Paul Labbett 6
Paul Withey 6
Matt Wells 5
Martin Owen 5
Ben Pegram 5
Aidy Spender 5
Jerker Kjellander 5
Julian Carrera 5
Darren Sear 4
Chris Dundon 4
Stuart Holdham 4
Rob Sterry 4
Micky Eales 4
Mark Brennan 4
Jon Parry 4
Craig Harrison 4
Sam Copeland 4
Ben Morrison 4
Jerry Ladell 4
Dan Willis 3
Paul Watt 3
Ben Clarke 3
Lee Stiles 3
Paul Whittenbury 2
Pete Fincham 2
Dan Butterick 2
James Farnfield 2
George Spencer 2
Michael De Crescenzo 2
Ross Connor 2
Warren Flanagan 1
Alex Prentice 1
Chris Dew 1
Panos Fellas 1
Leigh Harrington 1
Stuart Waggett 1
Liam McGarry 1
David Sitkowski 1
Dan Norris 1
Dave Kos 1
Ross Andrews 1
Dan Maher 1
Roy 1
Darren Lambe 1


Name 13/14 Gls
Jimmy Davis 12
Ally Hill 9
Joel Moody 8
Rob Sterry 7
James Jenkins 4
Stuart Nicholls 3
Own Goals 3
Martin Pollard 2
Chris Dundon 2
Ross Connor 2
Richard Murphy 1
Maurice Clarke 1
Dave Soloway 1
Jeremy Hinds 1
Richard Wenham 1
Aidy Spender 1
Stuart Holdham 1
Mark Brennan 1
Sam Copeland 1
Ben Clarke 1
James Farnfield 1
Michael De Crescenzo 1
Warren Flanagan 1
Chris Dew 1
Panos Fellas 1
Dave Kos 1
Roy 1
Darren Lambe 1

Three-sy does it in season finale

WIFC closed off their IFA league season with a hard-working 3-1 win at Stevenage this weekend. It was the first league win WIFC have recorded against their Hertfordshire neighbours, the only other win coming in last season’s London Cup Final.

Richard Murphy beats a Stevenage player, watched by old-timer Paul Watt.

Richard Murphy beats a Stevenage player, watched by old-timer Paul Watt.

The Internet ‘Orns raced out of the blocks, and centre-half turned striker for the day Ally Hill bundled in his 9th goal of the season from close range after good work from Paul Watt after just 5 minutes. With some good lively forward play, WIFC continued to create chances with Ross Connor and Stuart Holdham both going close to double the lead. Stevenage always threatened at the other end though, and got an equaliser through an unfortunate Ben Morrison own goal. WIFC restored their lead shortly before the break when a through ball from player-manager Richard Walker was finished well by leading scorer Jimmy Davis.

After the break, the lead was extended when Mike De-Crescenzo slotted home his first goal for the club, while Davis could and should have extended the lead and Ross Connor hit the bar. Chances came at the other end too, but a mixture of good saves from Tom Beck, resolute defending from the whole team combined with WIFC’s better finishing led to a deserved third win on the bounce to close the campaign.

Team. 4-4-2, R to L. Tom Beck; Ed Sterry, Ben Morrison, Moz Clarke, Paul Watt; Ross Connor, Stuart Holdham, John Sitkowski, Richard Murphy; Mike De Crescenzo, Ally Hill. Subs Matt Ainsley, Matt Wells, Richard Walker, Jimmy Davis, Dave Messenger

Patchwork side take the spoils

A cobbled together WIFC side traveled down to Southampton yesterday and came away with the spoils, after a hard-working and committed display saw the Internet ‘Orns run out 6-0 winners. The current focus on getting to 20 games for the tenth season in a row was of paramount importance, and a week of hard work from Dave Messenger and Pete Fincham scraped together 14 players from various sources, with the result and performance being the icing on the cake.

Despite having a bare XI at KO thanks to traffic issues, WIFC raced out of the traps. Korean loanee Roy opened the scoring to his obvious delight, as the English student who is taught by Pete’s better half took control of a loose ball on the edge of the area and smashed it home. The lead was doubled within 5 minutes, as leading scorer Jimmy Davis went to double figures for the season when he finished coolly. The lead could and should have been extended when a great Davis cross picked out Pompey IFC loanee Daz Lambe, whose bullet header was controversially ruled out for offside, though it appeared Davis had pulled his cross back.

The second half saw WIFC continue to play some great football going forward, while a resolute defensive performance from skipper for the day Brad Simmons, Ben Morrison, Matt Ball, debutant Michael De Crescenzo, and Dan Norris (Jimmy’s mate) kept the Saints at bay. Lambe got his name on the scoresheet when he tapped home a goal-bound Davis cross, and Ross Connor, also making his debut, stroked home the 4th from the edge of the box. Davis added number 5 when he shot through the keeper’s legs, and Connor completed the scoring with another neat strike from the edge of the box.

The allsorts celebrate a hard earned with after the game.

The allsorts celebrate a hard earned with after the game.

Team; Dan Norris; Dave Messenger, Ben Morrison, Matt Ball, Brad Simmons; Roy, Dan Maher, Moz Clarke, Lozza Wells; Jimmy Davis, Daz Lambe. Subs Richard Murphy, Micheal De Crescenzo, Ross Connor.