Signing up to UKFF can seriously change your life

by Mystical Mike

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Dot com minnows seeing stars cherry-picked

Battersea Ironsides GSA, an amateur side signed off the internet, are losing talented players to the Premier League just a year after being formed.

Plying their trade in the amateur leagues of the Southern Counties Division One, the Wandsworth-based outfit have already lost one player to the Premier League, one to the Championship, a player to League Two and one to non-league, just a year after recruiting them straight off a barely-known internet website.

Effectively 14 divisions below the cash-rich top-flight, Battersea’s staggering progress has been aided by their affiliation with grass-roots football website, UK Football Finder.

Manager Maddy Ewemade signed no fewer than 12 players from the website, which aims at helping amateur clubs and players find players and clubs alike, as well as securing a lucrative shirt sponsorship deal from the website.

“We’ve achieved a lot so far and a great deal of thanks must go to UK Football Finder for helping us find players and for the sponsorship,” he said. “If anything, we are now becoming victims of our own success, and we’re losing players because of the new opportunities that are coming their way.”

The Ironsides, all under-25, shot to the top of the league following a succession of five-goal victories last November, but their success has come at a cost.

Captain Hawell Awotwe joined Conference South strugglers Fisher Athletic and went straight into their first-team, goalkeeper Sam Freeman fled for trials at QPR, striking sensation Jean Pedro de Silva left for Brazilian third division side Olaria, and midfield star Abdul Isaak, just 15, joined Bolton Wanderers’ youth academy.

And others have followed suit, one player trialing with Manchester City, one with Yeovil, and highly-rated midfielder Lee Nakamota receiving attention from QPR and Bristol City.

“I’ve been impressed with the team since day one,” said website creator. “They are a talented team with some brilliant players, but they are still a new team in a tough division. “A lot of the young guys brought in from the site are very ambitious,” added Ewemade.

“They are looking to push themselves towards semi-professional, maybe even professional football. We’ve had some top players here already. De Silva is a top player who is easily capable of playing in League Two and Isaak can go right to the top if he gets the right coaching.”

Having enjoyed a successful run to the semi-finals of the league cup, Battersea now find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle.

And with new quality hard to come by, Ewemade will be hoping that he can cast his web wide again as his side bids for a brighter future.

“We’re fighting for our lives but we’ve got a determined bunch of lads here and I am confident we will be successful in years to come,” he said.

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  • Daveyboy

    Although not to the same standard of football, our sunday league team has benefited form UKFF as we have found 5 or 6 of our current squad.

    Hopefully we will have an even more succesful season next year.

    Keep up the good work UKFF

  • James

    Quality site, we signed 4 players and ended up winning the league. cheers

  • Salvatore Maisano

    Hi I am prof. football player i played many years for Italy. Now im in London and looking for a team. Do you think you could help me? My cv is available on request.
    If you have any advice let me know please..
    Looking forward to hear from you

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  • HAGI

    im 21 and im come from finland but im orginally iranian and i live in uk at the moment and i bet im better than any of those guys in ur team wanna give me chance to show you guys real skill and speed ?


  • Christopher J

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  • Shipon miah

    I am looking for Under 16 players in all position to play in the upcoming South East London and Kent league. All players welcome for a trial session as only 18 will get selected.

    The plan is also to play this team next year in the GOTHIA CUP 2010. Gothia cup is renown as the Youth World Cup by many and is the highest level tournament for any youth teams.

    Trials will be held at Bartlett Park, London E14 on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th August 2009 and selected players will be notified hopefully in the following weekend.

    All players not selected will have the option to play for the Soul Youth FC ‘B’ team in the SNC youth league.

    For any further details please contact Shipon on 07852677055.

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  • Grant Cunningham

    Hi there,
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    play currently at a top club in the welsh division 1 club
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    Hi, Iam Mathew Howden, I am 21 and currently play in th York Leeper Hare League for Selby RSSC and York Sunday Morning League for Selby Olympia WMC.

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  • Mark Coyne

    My name is Mark Coyne, I am 23 years old and Iv recently moved to the Lancashire area to be with my girlfriend and my daughter.

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  • ashley

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  • Jeremy

    I am 19, been playing since I was 15. When i lived in Norwich I played lots of leagues and tournaments for under 9’s – 14’s. I then moved up the North Yorkshire and play once a week in a 6 side team in Thirsk. I want to promote myself to an 11 a side team which are serious about football and are passionate about the game.
    Can play any day/night and i am very commited to any football team that may want me. I can drive and own my own car so travel is not an issue. Thanks.

  • Jeremy

    I meant 5 not 15!

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  • talling89

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    I didnt let it get me down and i practiced to perfection i joined the navy when i was 17 and played as a left mid/atacking midfielder for hms collingwood and for the navy reserves. I have recently left the navy and im looking for a team or advice on how i go about doing that i would be very grateful.

    you can email me at

    Lee Talling

  • RikkiTrikki3021

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    I have come all the way from Australia, Melbourne to extend my horizon and to play European Football I have played European football since 8 years old and have won several medals in 2001 4th place medal of participation, 2002 European Indoor Football Champions Pen(6-5) scored 6 goals in 8 games, 2004 European Outdoor Football Champions ( scored 6 goals in 7 games, 2006 European Indoor Football Runners up lost 4-2. I am willing and determined to get out there and play more, I love playing midfield, Striker or defender. I will give it my all and really want to make it in any English Football Team. I am in Germany at the moment since December 30th 2009 and was in the U.K 1st week of February to visit my auntie and uncle, but will be back in England on August 1st 2010. I would like to ask if there is any club near Germany or in England that is willing to take up a determined player. I been playing European Indoor Football for about 7 weeks in Germany now every Wednesday for 1 hour and 30min 45min half. I play with fit 40 year old’s which run alot and I also go to the gym and train 4 days a week to keep up my fitness im peaking my fitness level and I am determined to get into European football please contact me a.s.+491745639108

    Thank you U.K.F.F

    Yours sincerely

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    Semi Pro club in west london looking for quality players.
    Only looking for LONDON BASED PLAYERS. we ply our trade in the spartan South Midlands league and play in stadiums and in front of crowds (need to build out own following as we moved to greenford)
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    conatct Director Of Football on

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    Email me on

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    Ex Oldham afc.Youth .
    Rossendale Utd u 18
    Woodly Sports
    Chadderton fc

    Everybody at my club says I should be at a higher level but so far it has been difficult to get any interest. Please if any Pro/ Semi Pro Scouts are interested please get in contact .

    My possition is G/K
    H 6,4, w16st
    Age 22
    I belive I can play at a high level of football if I am given a chance .
    Tel 07714 257 387


    Hi, we are an open age football team based in birmingham.

    We are trained by an ex pro footballer and the team has a great spirit.

    we are looking for some more quality players so if have the quality please contact us asap

    Manager- 077 61 27 43 1 3

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    iv just turned 24 and have moved to ormskirk,north mersey recently. i have been playing from an early a striker with a awesome 1st touch and an eye for goal also link up the play not going to say i can play anywere because honestly i cant, why play anywere when your dangerous infront of goal. i have 2 very good feet and an even better head im 5 11 bt height dnt stop me i mean just look at timmy cahill.i been playin in wales all my days so looking for a semi pro team to have a trial with and demonstrate my abilities in front of the goals.if you need goals in your team then you need me.thanks for reading and please dont mistake arrogance for confidance!!

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