Rearranged Games

Our three postponed games against Team Northumbria, Whitley Bay and Dunston UTS have been arranged to;

Dunston UTS (away)
Tuesday 02 January 2018

Team Northumbria (away)
Monday 15 January 2018

Whitley Bay (home)
Tuesday 23 January 2018

Our remaining fixtures for the season look like this

 

Sat, 02/12/2017 Team Northumbria Washington
Sat, 09/12/2017 Washington Whitley Bay
Sat, 16/12/2017 Dunston UTS Washington
Sat, 23/12/2017 North Shields Washington
Wed, 27/12/2017 Seaham Red Star Washington
Sat, 30/12/2017 West Auckland Town Washington
Tue, 2/1/2018 Dunston UTS Washington
Wed, 10/01/2018 Stockton Town Washington
Sat, 13/01/2018 Washington Sunderland RCA
Mon, 15/1/2018 Team Northumbria Washington
Sat, 20/01/2018 Jarrow Roofing BCA Washington
Tue, 23/1/2018 Washington Whitley Bay
Sat, 03/02/2018 Newcastle Benfield Washington
Sat, 10/02/2018 Newton Aycliffe Washington
Sat, 17/02/2018 Washington Bishop Auckland
Sat, 24/2/2018 Washington Ashimgton
Sat, 03/03/2018 Washington Marske United
Sat, 17/03/2018 Washington Shildon
Sat, 24/03/2018 Guisborough Town Washington
Sat, 31/03/2018 Penrith Washington
Sat, 07/04/2018 Washington Ryhope CW
Sat, 14/04/2018 Consett Washington
Sat, 21/04/2018 Washington Stockton Town

Reaction on today’s cancelled game

Following the postponement of today’s Northern League game against Whitley Bay we spoke to Manager James Clark.

 

It must have been frustrating having the game was called off. How does this effect the players?

Yeah it’s hard with a late call like today, lads have had a good rest, prepared well, starting to get players back and we were all just ready to go

 

There was an inspection from a Northern League Referee who had concerns regarding player safety. That has to be paramount?

100% without a doubt and with the luck we have had with injuries this season it’s completely the right thing to do

 

The silver lining is that you get an extra few days before the away game to Team Northumbria?

Yes that’s a good thing, but I would have liked to have kept some match rhythm also. We have an incredibly young squad on average so I’m sure they can adjust to the tempo quickly

 

Following Monday Dunston UTS and then North Shields. Some tough games coming up 6 away fixtures in a row and no home game now till 13th January. Does have a impact on the squad?

This was always going to be the case with the way the fixtures have been drawn. Every team and game in the northern league is a tough one. Never an easy game! We have had some good away performances so I am not worried by it

 

You mentioned in your programme notes the departure of Matty Waters to Shildon. As no-one will get to see them would you like to comment on his move here?

It’s disappointing to lose a player of Matty’s calibre, but it’s been a strange season for him with the suspension and injuries. He never really got going, but is a fantastic talent and Shildon have got a real player on their hands and he will do well for them and good luck to him

 

No game today means Washington remain a point behind Penrith and 3 from Jarrow Roofing.

Next outing is away to Team Northumbria on Monnday starting a run of 6 away games in a row.

 

Interview With Washington Manager

Today Washington travel to Billingham Synthonia.

 

There is not much recent history to go on between the two clubs

Earlier in the season they played out a 0 – 0 draw. Last season Washington knocked The Synthonia out the FA Vast at The Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex.

Many feel this is a must win for both clubs if they are aiming to close the gap on the teams above them.

 

We caught up with Washington Manager James Clark

 

Hard defeat against Guisborough on Saturday. You have had a few days to reflect on it. What are you thoughts from the game?

We started the game well, but credit to Guisborough they pressed us well and got a foothold in the game and took advantage. The first goal came at the wrong time, and we never came back from it. Which was disappointing, but we dust ourselves down and go again

 

Lessons to be learned? Is this something you have been going over with the players during the week?

Yes definitely, we have to stand up and be counted in every minute of every game. We still have a lot of injuries, this week has been about managing those players through to be ready for the weekends game. Whilst keeping spirits high

 

One of the injuries is Matty Waters, out long term, forcing you to play Jake Pickard, a midfielder as a lone striker with a forward on the bench.

I think it is unfair to just look at one players injury when we have so many at the minute. Jake has played as both a midfielder and striker in his career, so it gives me that option. I initially played Jake further forward against Morpeth because of what I thought he could bring to the team in that and deserved to continue in that position with his performance.

 

You mentioned post match that you were needing the committee to sign a striker. Are we expecting any new players coming through the door

Yes we have managed to secure a new striker at the club, he is currently nursing an injury but I’m hopeful that he will be fit enough to be in the squad and make an impact.
I applaud the board again for supporting me and recognising the position we are currently in and it’s a massive part that we need to score more goals

 

This follows the departure of Rhys Evans to Newcastle Benfield. Are you hoping to bring any more players at this stage?

Losing Rhys is disappointing, but he has made the decision to move on and I wish him all the best going forward. We are hoping to bring in a replacement for him and that should be concluded this next week we will also be able to call on Jon Tiffoney soon and have all our players back giving us much more balance and options for the squad.

 

Looking ahead at tomorrow’s game 3 points are almost vital to stop teams above pulling away further?

3 points however it comes is vital. I will accept a poor performance tomorrow providing we win the game and give ourselves something to build upon

 

 

League Cup 2nd Round

The Northern League Cup draw was made last night and Washington were given an away tie to Norther League Division 2 side Easington Colliery

The tie will take place Thursday 17 December 2017

League Cup 2nd Round Draw
Newton Aycliffe v Dunston UTS
Bishop Auckland v Heaton Stannington
Billingham Town v Stockton Town
Easington Colliery v Washington FC
Morpeth Town v Blyth AFC
Willington AFC v Shildon AFC
Guisborough Town v Northallerton Town
Whitley Bay v Sunderland RCA
Bedlington Terriers v Durham City
Marske United v North Shields
Billingham Synthonia v Esh Winning
Consett AFC v Tow Law
Whickham FC v Newcastle Benfield
Hebburn Town v Ryhope CW
Darlington RA v Seaham Red Star
Jarrow FC v Penrith AFC

Shildon AFC Preview

Washington go into the game on the back of another defeat. The Mechanics put in a brave display against table toppers Morpeth Town highlighted by the last minute goal from Michael Laws. But it wasn’t enough to take anything from the game.

 

They have another tough test ahead against high flying Shildon. The Railwaymen are sitting fourth in the league having only lost 1 league game all season. It has been tougher in the Cups for Shildon they were dumped out of the FA Cup after a 6-0 defeat to Guiseley and only made it through the Durham Challenge Cup on penalties against Durham City. Last outing in the league was a 4-2 win at home to fellow strugglers Gainsborough Town.

 

Washington is facing a 3rd top four opponent for the 3rd league match in a row, having falling 2-1 to both Morpeth Town and Marske United. They will be looking to take positives from both games after they dominated majority of the play away to Marske and were unlucky not to come away with a point. Saturday’s home match against Morpeth was a tougher challenge and the Highwaymen looked comfortable through most of the game. Some brilliant defending from Alex White and top class saves from keeper Dan Gladstone kept Washington from falling further behind.

At times we have seen Washington fall apart and loose by several goals so it showed a strong test of character for them to keep Morpeth down to 2.

 

Washington welcome back Matty Waters and  Andy Brown after not being available last week. Matthew Parker also returns from suspension. Injuries worries include Pascal Chimbonda (Hamstring), Lamin Cham (Ankle),  Rhys Evans (Ankle) and Lewis Heron (Knee). All will remain in contention and undergo late fitness tests tomorrow.

 

Last Season
Shildon 5 – Washington 0 (30/11/2016)

Form (League only)
Shildon –  DDLWW
Washington – LLDLL

Buildbase FA Vase Draw for Ebac Norther League Teams

Saturday 11 November 2017 Second Round Proper
Kick Off No. Home Away
1 Stockton Town VS Bootle
2 North Shields VS Knaresborough Town_
3 Dunston UTS VS Worksop Town
4 AFC Darwen / Marske VS Shildon
5 Sunderland Ryhope CW VS City of Liverpool
6 1874 Northwich_ VS Tow Law Town
7 Hall Road Rangers VS Pontefract Collieries
8 West Auckland Town VS Billingham Town
9 Team Northumbria / Runcorn L VS Sunderland RCA
10 Ashton Ath / Liversedge VS Morpeth Town
11 Bedlington Terriers VS Newcastle Benfield
12 Thornaby VS Whitley Bay

Sponsor waves flag at UEFA HQ

Members of our Home Kit and main sponsor Unite the Union @ Nissan were attending an annual meeting at Nissan Headquarters at Rolle, Switzerland. There they were invited to for a tour of the UEFA HQ in Nyon.

While on the tour, they couldn’t help a photo opportunity with a Washington home kit inform of predominant UEFA trophies.

Pictured above (from left to right) are Paul Coz, Unite the Union at Nissan Sunderland; Tony Murphy, Unite the Union National Officer for the Automotive Industry and Martin Lydon, Unite Convenor at Nissan Sunderland.

We could not be prouder to have a sponsor and club partner as driven and committed to the success of the club.

 

If you have any information or queries on Unite the Union, please visit their website

www.unitetheunion.org

Waahington FC vs Penrith AFC – Match Preview

Washington FC v Penrith AFC
EBAC Northern League Division 1
Saturday 7th October 2017 Kick Off 3pm
Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex

 

Washington FC welcome visiting Cumbrians, Penrith AFC, to Nissan on Saturday afternoon with both teams finding themselves at the foot of the table. Just two points separate the sides going into Saturday’s fixture although, having only just completed the first quarter of the season, it may just be too early to be considered definitive.

Washington go into Saturday on the back of a one-all draw away to Whitley Bay, a game they were leading from the first minute until almost the last, when Whitley Bay’s Scott Jasper denied the Mechanics their first away win of the season. In the following few days, Washington have generated some outside attention with the signing of former Wigan Athletic, Spurs and Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda, who was in attendance at Whitley Bay to support his new club.

The signing has been described by manager James Clark as a real “sign of intent” on the club’s part. Having received the clearances needed to play, Chimbonda is free to make his debut against Penrith.

The Mechanics have been enjoying a good run of form in the league of late, having picked up four points from their last three games. In contrast, Penrith have suffered five consecutive defeats in all competitions, conceding eighteen goals. Washington will be looking to build on their recent momentum, hoping that the acquisition of a former League Cup winner can provide the extra boost needed to begin climbing up the league table.

Chimbonda follows a string of new signings made by Clark, who stated that business at the club was certainly “slowing down” but did not completely rule out the possibility of further additions to his squad stating;
“If there’s somebody who comes up who can improve the squad then I’m always interested.”

Clark went on to praise the support and backing of the club’s board, saying;

“they have supported everything I’ve wanted to do.”

As the bolstered squad begins to take shape, Washington will be aiming for all three points and their second win of the league campaign.

 

Be sure to arrive early. Gates open from 1pm

– Liam Kendal

Club Statement – Pascal Chimbonda

Bienvenue, Pascal!

Washington FC welcomes their new signing, former Tottenham, Sunderland and Wigan  defender Pascal Chimbonda to the club. The signing has been described by Washington manager, James Clark, as a real ‘statement of intent’ by the club.

Chimbonda had been in attendance to see Washington’s 1-1 draw away to Whitley Bay on Tuesday night and his signing was completed two days later. We caught up with Pascal shortly after he signed on the dotted line to welcome him to the club and ask both Chimbonda and Clark some questions on Pascal’s new role with the Mechanics.

 

“I’m very happy to be here and I’m just looking forward to playing.  I spoke with the manager and we had a good chat and we started from there.

I think the team need more character, like when you’re winning one-nil and there’s three or four minutes of extra time you have to be solid and don’t concede a goal. So I think we have to learn about this and I think the more you play games the more confidence is coming and the players are more focussed on the football pitch.

 I never stopped playing. I’ve always been a part of the football, always training myself or training with a team. It’s going to be good to play a proper game, a normal game and we’ll see where we come from; if I play or sit on the bench with the manager, we’ll see.”

The signing comes after weeks of hard work by Mechanics Manager Clark and when the Committee were given the opportunity to bring in a play of Chimbonda’s quality they gave Clark their full support.

 

Clark said on his new addition

“It came through a third-party contact. We’ve had associates that we’ve known for a long time so when the opportunity came up to sign Pascal it was something I couldn’t turn down.

Since the start with the new board they’ve looked to help me as much as possible and support everything I’ve wanted to do and this really is a statement of intent for the league from Washington.

He [Pascal] has come in to be a player and he’s come in to step up the level as a player for the squad and as he’s stated he can help those players, the younger ones that we do have in the squad, to grow. They have great technical ability and a lot of will and a lot of heart “

 

When we asked Clark about Chimbonda’s experience including PFA Team of the Year [2005-2006 season], a League Cup, 2006 [France] World Cup squad playing with some of the greats; Zidane, Henry, Thuram…

Clark replied “We’re signing them next week.”

 

Supporters will get their first look of Chimbonda as he is expected to start this Saturday (7th October) as Washington host Penrith Town in the Ebac Northern League. Timing couldn’t have been better for both player and club as focus falls on Non-League football due to the International break.

Washington are offering half price entry for Adults and free entry for all Children and concessions.

Details can be found on the Washington Football Club website www.washingtonfc.co.uk