East Barnet Old Grammarians, known as EBOG, is an amateur football club open to all the community. It caters for men and ladies from age 16 upwards, girls and boys. Created, run, maintained and funded by its own volunteer members it offers affordable organised football competing in a League and several Cups. The Clubhouse and football pitches are at the end of Alan Drive, off Mays Lane, Barnet.
The Clubhouse was paid for and built in 1962 by the EBOG members of that era themselves (see photos right, of the tennis courts being built in the 1960s).
EBOG Bar Refurbishment!
For many years little has changed in the Clubhouse, but the time has finally come! The EBOG bar is being transformed as you read this - please see below or go to Chris Boyce's fundraising page to see the latest news and photos of the EBOG Bar Refurbishment.
There you can leave a message of support and make a donation to the Club to help with the Refurbishment (with gift aid if you pay tax)!
As a former EBOG player and member, I wanted to write to you to ask for your help.
We have just completed our 68th season and as you know, we are fiercely proud of our history and of the culture of the club. It’s been a place not only to play football and win trophies, but also a place where lifelong friendships have been formed.
However, the last couple of seasons have been very difficult. The nature of amateur football is changing; younger players coming through want instant, disposable football – an hour at the local power league then off home again. The days we used to enjoy are now seen as an absolute no-no. Trying to get a team together for an away trip to West Wickham or Merton with a few beers on the way home is so difficult you may as well be asking players to travel to the other side of the planet. As a result we’ve shrunk from eight to just five sides this year and there’s a danger we could see this trend continue.
We are lucky that we have managed to retain a good core of decent clubmen, along with bringing in a completely new first XI from the school last season, but to continue to keep them involved and then grow again, we have needed to make changes, and do so quickly.
The clubhouse bar is the lifeblood of the club, generating the vast majority of our turnover and the profit we need to pay the bills to keep going. With the club fielding fewer side and playing fewer matches, revenue from match fees and annual subscriptions has dwindled to dangerously low levels.
The bar has not had any work done to it in many, many years, it has become very dated and tired looking, and we have struggled to get people to stay for a drink after matches. It has also become very difficult to hire it out for private functions because of this. The combination of the decline of the playing side and lack of bar revenue means the future is very bleak.
Therefore we are taking what could be considered a calculated risk. This week we began a major refurbishment of the bar to bring it in to the 21st century. Our mission is to make it a fun, atmospheric place to be at weekends, and also to make it an attractive venue to hire out, driving interest and revenue up and getting us out of the negative spiral we find ourselves being drawn in to.
To do this costs money. We were lucky enough to be left some money by the late Neil Rowlands in his will, but to achieve what we want to achieve, we are going to need to raise funds beyond that. This is where you come in. You will have spent many happy hours at the bar with your team mates having a laugh and a joke, sharing war stories; if you could spare us a donation, no matter how large or small, you’d be helping us secure the future of EBOG so others can walk that same path and create memories of their own. Your generosity will help the EBOG’s of the future remember their time playing the claret and blue of our wonderful club as fondly as you do.
Many thanks in advance for your understanding and help.
Anyone can raise funds for the Club. You can run a race, or go in for a challenge, or just get people to sponsor you to do something like giving up alcohol for a month. Click 'start fundraising' on the top right of this page to make your own EBOG fundraising page. All donations go straight to the Club.
EBOG 12 hour football marathon took place on Saturday 15th June 2014 - Well done to all the EBOG members and friends who played or suppported! To see what they achieved, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/ebog12hourfootballmarathon
EBOG FC REUNION took place on Sunday June 7th 2015 - all players from 1948 to 1980 were invited. Click here to see how it went: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/EBOGFC-REUNION