Northwood enter the Emirates F.A. Cup competition this Saturday, when they travel to Thame to play Evo-Stik Southern League rivals Aylesbury United - and once again, the club has set its sights on a first-ever first round proper tie!
The Woods' best ever F.A. Cup campaign to date came in 2000-01, when we got to a fourth qualifying round replay, but with a tie against Reading at the Madejski Stadium at stake for the winners, Northwood lost 0-1 to Grays Athletic.
However, in 1994-95, Aylesbury United - then in the Isthmian Premier - progressed as far as round three, where they were drawn at home to Queens Park Rangers; the Ducks switched the tie to Loftus Road, where in front of a crowd of 15,417, they were beaten 4-0 by the F.A. Carling Premiership club.
27 August 2015
In today's draw for the first qualifying round of the Emirates F.A. Cup , the winners of the Aylesbury United v Northwood game were given a home tie against our near-neighbours Harrow Borough, of the Ryman League Premier.
The tie will be played on Saturday 12th September - a potential local derby which provides added incentive to Mark Burgess' squad!!
24 August 2015
The Woods lost their 100% record and perfect start to the Evo-Stik Southern League season when they were beaten 3-1 by Aylesbury United at Northwood Park this afternoon.
Goals from Alex Collier and Stacey Field gave the Ducks a two-goal lead at the interval, and Field added another in the second half before substitute Myles Stephenson netted a late consolation for Northwood, as the Ducks ran out deserved winners. The two clubs meet again next week in an Emirates F.A. Cup tie - when it will be the Ducks' turn to play at home.
The match report and photos are here; the full colour matchday programme can still be ordered online from our publications section.
Northwood reserves lost 3-2 at Tring Athletic in a Suburban League fixture, Jermaine Heron and Alex Delasalle on target for Woods.
22 August 2015
Northwood's Under 18s went down 2-6 in their final pre-season friendly this evening, against a youth side from Sky Bet League outfit Barnet at Chestnut Avenue.
The Woods had a great start, and were 2-0 up after 25 minutes with goals from Pearse White and Michael Brown.
However, Barnet finished the first half the stronger side, and they netted three times to take an interval lead. Then the Bees youngsters added a further three goals after the break to run out comfortable winners in an entertaining warm-up for Northwood's Ryman Youth League campaign which gets underway next week. The match report is here.
20 August 2015
Northwood kept their excellent opening to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central season going this evening, when they beat Petersfield Town 2-1 at Chestnut Avenue. It was the first defeat for the Hampshire outfit, the promoted Wessex League champions, since October last year!
The Woods got off to a flying start, with top scorer Michael Murray curling a 20 yard free-kick home with just five minutes on the clock. They continued to press and might have added to their total before Max Holland hit a cracking second goal on the half-hour mark. Further chances came Northwood's way, and they twice hit the woodwork, but Petersfield came back strongly, with Lewis Hyde giving them hope with a fine goal on 88 minutes. But Woods survived four minutes of stoppage time to keep their record intact.
18 August 2015
The Woods kept intact their 100% start to the Evo-Stik Southern League season with an excellent 2-1 victory this afternoon, away to a Royston Town outfit who were ranked as early favourites for the Division One Central title.
The North Herts side took the lead a few minutes before the break, but George Nicholas levelled the scores just 32 seconds into the second half. Then on 54 minutes great work from Andy Lomas set up Michael Murray to fire home what proved to be Northwood's winning goal. The match report is here.
Woods reserves got their Suburban League season underway with a 2-0 home victory against Leverstock Green, Jermaine Heron and Jamie McKay the goalscorers.
15 August 2015
Northwood went back to the top of the fledgling Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central Division table this evening with a 1-0 victory away to old rivals North Greenford at Berkeley Fields.
The winner came on 52 minutes when George Nicholas hit a deep cross to the back post, where Rob Hastings headed home to claim his first goal of the new campaign. The match report is here.
11 August 2015
The new Evo-Stik Southern League season got off to flying start for Northwood this afternoon as they romped to a 5-0 victory against Arlesey Town at Chestnut Avenue.
George Nicholas hammered home Woods' first goal of the season from 25 yards on 20 minutes and a couple of minutes later they had the opportunity for another when Rob Hastings was upended in the box; Michael Murray duly despatched the spot-kick with aplomb.
Three more goals in eleven minutes after the break confirmed Northwood’s impressive start against the relegated Bedfordshire outfit; Murray grabbed number three from close range on 57 minutes, and six minutes later he completed his hat-trick with a neat finish. Max Holland wrapped up the scoring in the 68th minutes, moments after coming off the bench, after fellow-debutant Louis Stead set him up.
8 August 2015
Here's your chance to sponsor a Northwood player for the 2015/16 season! With the new Evo-Stik Southern League campaign getting underway soon, this really is the ideal time to back your favourite player!
For a donation of just £60 for the season, your sponsorship will be recognised both on the website and in every edition of the Matchday Programme - and if you sign up now, your details will be included from the first issue!
Click here to see which players are available for sponsorship, and to "reserve" your, please email us here or contact Alan Evans or any other committee member. Please make your donation as soon as possible, either as a "gift" via PayPal to email@example.com, or by cheque/cash. Thanks for your support!!
6 August 2015
For the upcoming campaign, the club are offering an incredible season ticket offer open to everyone – which enables you to watch all home league games at Northwood FC for just £30.00 for the whole season!! Not only that, but a year’s social membership to the newly-refurbished clubhouse will be included, and you will be entitled to promotional discounts and reductions on booking the clubhouse for events.
You can apply for your Woods Super Season Ticket by filling out the application form here and sending it to Club Secretary Alan Evans at 46 Webster Gardens, Ealing, London, W5 5ND. The fee of £30.00 covers all groups – adults, concessions and juniors.
The Woods Super Season Ticket will allow you access to all regular Southern League first team home matches as well as any Suburban League and Ryman Youth League games played by the reserves and Under 18s at Chestnut Avenue. This amazing value-for-money offer is aimed at boosting crowds at Northwood, which have been dropping off in recent years.
Having finished the last two seasons in ninth and tenth places in the Central Division of the Southern League, Mark Burgess and his management team are looking to push on towards a play-off challenge for the new campaign, which starts on Saturday 8th August, with the fixtures due out later this week. The squad would love it if there was more support in the ground when they start the new season – so order your Woods Super Season Ticket now and take advantage of this attractive and possibly once-in-a-lifetime offer!
5 August 2015
Northwood just came out on top when they met a youthful side from Conference National champions Barnet at Northwood Park this evening in both clubs' final pre-season game before Saturday's big kick-off. The entertaining, goal-packed match ended 4-3 to the Woods.
Barnet started strongly, and Mat Stevens put them ahead on 15 minutes, but with the Bees looking likely to add to their score, the game was turned around on 22 minutes. Within the space of sixty seconds, new signing Louis Stead levelled for Woods then Rob Hastings fired them ahead. But the scoring soon continued, Stevens equalising a couple of minutes later.
It was perhaps a surprise that there were no further goals before the break despite chances at both ends, but soon after the restart Jon Munday put Northwood back into the lead following a corner which keeper Haigh failed to collect cleanly. Myles Stephenson made it 4-2 on the hour mark, and although the impressive Stevens completed his hat-trick with four minutes remaining, the Woods held on for the victory.
3 August 2015
Northwood scored twice in the opening six minutes of this afternoon's pre-season friendly at Ryman League Division One South outfit Chipstead.
New signing Jon Munday and youngster Liam Baker were both on target early in the match, and although the home side came more into it after the break, the Woods kept a clean sheet for the first time in pre-season. A brief match report is here.
1 August 2015