Essex Senior League: Barking aiming for title in honour of president Ron Debenham

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 January 2017

James Peagram scores for Barking at FC Romania last weekend (pic: Terry Gilbert)

James Peagram scores for Barking at FC Romania last weekend (pic: Terry Gilbert)


Blues legend passed away over the weekend after a short spell in hospital

Barking hope to honour their late club president Ron Debenham by winning the Essex Senior League title, says boss Glen Golby.

Debenham sadly passed away over the weekend following a brief spell in hospital, with news of his death overshadowing a tremendous 5-2 victory at FC Romania that returned Blues to the top of the table.

The Mayesbrook Park outfit will hope to keep hold of their place at the summit when they host Enfield on Saturday.

And Golby says the passing of Debenham will spur the club on to realising their dream of winning the title this season.

“Ron will be missed by everyone at the club and it is a shame that ill health kept him from coming down as much as he would have wanted to in recent years,” he said.

“He was a great character around the club and always spoke so fondly of the old days. Hopefully now we can go on and win the title for Ron.”

The past week has also seen Barking youngster Max Watters earn a call-up to the England Schoolboys squad for the upcoming year.

Watters took part in the final round of trials at Lilleshall earlier this month and impressed enough to be named in the final 16-man squad.

The teenager will link up with the national team again for a training camp at the end of this month, before facing their Australian counterparts in a friendly.

And Golby was full of praise for Watters, believing his international call-up was just rewards for his

splendid form this season.

“Max has been doing well for us against men, so it’s good that he has a chance to play against others his own age,” he added.

“While he has done well for us, I’m sure he will stand out head and shoulders above those the same age as him for the Schoolboys squad.”

Watters will likely be involved at home to Enfield this weekend as Barking look to avoid a potential banana skin, after narrowly edging their last meeting 4-3 in August.

Golby is aware his squad can ill-afford any complacency, adding: “Enfield pushed us hard earlier in the season and we needed a late goal, but if we apply ourselves like we did against Romania, we’ll win.”

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