The Isthmian League is a regional mens football league covering London, East and South East England featuring mostly semi-professional clubs. It is sponsored by Ryman, and therefore known as the Ryman League. It was founded in 1905 by amateur clubs in the London area and it now consists of 72 teams in three divisions, the Premier Division above its two feeder divisions, Division One North and Division One South. Together with the Southern League and the Northern Premier League, it forms the seventh and eighth levels of the English football league system and it has various regional feeder leagues and the league as a whole is a feeder league mainly to the National League South. Before the Isthmian League was formed, there were no leagues in which amateur clubs could compete, therefore, a meeting took place between representatives of Casuals, Civil Service, Clapton, Ealing Association, Ilford and London Caledonians to discuss the creation of a strong amateur league. All the clubs supported the idea and the Isthmian League was born on 8 March 1905, membership to the league was through invitation only. The league was strongly dedicated to amateurism, the champions did not even receive a trophy or medals, teams less able to compete financially thus gravitated to it rather than the Southern League, while those with ambition and money would move in the opposite direction. By 1922 the league had fourteen clubs and over the five decades, only a few new members were admitted. Most new Isthmian League members joined from the Athenian League, which was dedicated to amateurism. The league began to admit professionalism in the 1970s, a second division of sixteen clubs was formed in 1973 and a third division followed in 1977. The reward of promotion into the Conference means that, since 1985, the Athenian League disbanded in 1984 when the Isthmian League Second Division split into North and South Divisions. These were restructured again to Second and Third Divisions in 1991, in 2002, the league was restructured again, with the First and Second Divisions merging to become Division One North and Division One South, and the Third Division being renamed as Division Two. In 2004, The Football Association pushed through a restructuring of the non-league National League System. The Isthmian League was reduced back down to three divisions, and its boundaries were changed to remove the overlap with the Southern League, in 2006, further reorganisation saw a reversion to two regional Division Ones and the disbandment of Division Two. This current plan calls for clubs based on the edges of the Isthmian Leagues territory to transfer to, One team, Clapton, had been ever-present in the Isthmian League since its foundation, but they moved to the Essex Senior League for the 2006–07 season. Dulwich Hamlet, who joined the league in 1907, are currently its longest serving member, for the 1973–74 season, the Second Division was added. For the 1977–78 season, the Premier Division was added, for the 1984–85 season, the Second Division was reorganised into North and South regions. For the 1991–92 season, the regional Second Divisions were merged, at the end of the 1994–95 season, Enfield were denied promotion to the Conference
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Clapton Football Club is a football club based in Forest Gate, East London. The club are members of the Essex Senior League and play at The Old Spotted Dog Ground. The following year the club adopted its current name, Clapton began competing in the FA Cup in 1888–89, and in 1890 became the first club from Great Britain to play in continental Europe, defeating a Belgian XI in Antwerp. They returned to Belgium three years later, recording another emphatic victory as they beat Antwerp 7–0, in 1894 Clapton became founder members of the Southern League, alongside Luton Town, Millwall and Reading, and were placed in Division One. Finishing eighth in a league they were forced to play a test match to avoid relegation. In 1904–05 the club reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup for the first time, in 1905 they became founder members of the Isthmian League, finishing as runners-up in its inaugural season. The following season saw the club win their first Amateur Cup, in 1908–09, they won the Amateur Cup again, thrashing Eston United 6–0 in the final. The 1910–11 season saw them win their first Isthmian League title, in 1922–23 Clapton won another Isthmian League title. The following season saw them win their fourth Amateur Cup, defeating Erith & Belvedere 3–0 in the final and they went on to retain their title as Amateur Cup holders the following season, beating Southall FC 2–1 at the Old Den. In the same season, three Clapton players were selected for the England national team, in 1925–26 the club reached the third round of the FA Cup after wins against Norwich City and Ilford in the first and second round. They were eventually knocked out, losing 3–2 at home to Swindon Town, the club would go on to reach the first round of the FA Cup again in 1926–27, 1927–28 and 1957–58, losing to Brentford, Luton Town and QPR respectively. In 1975–76 Clapton finished bottom of Division One of the Isthmian League, dropping down to Division Two, at the end of the 1981–82 season they were relegated to Division Two, but bounced back at the first time of asking as champions. The club won the Essex Senior Cup for a time in 1984. In 1991 the club was placed in Division Three after league reorganisation, in 2005–06 Clapton finished in bottom of the league for the second consecutive season, and subsequently joined the Essex Senior League after Division Two was disbanded. In 2015–16 the club won the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy, beating Stansted 4–0 in the final, in 1888 the club made their final switch to the sports grounds at the Old Spotted Dog in Forest Gate, after it had been vacated by St Bartholomews Hospital. The first game at the Old Spotted Dog on 29 September 1888 resulted in a 1–0 victory over Old Carthusians, claptons support includes the Clapton Ultras. C. Players Clapton F. C. managers Football in London Club website
Nunhead Football Club were an English football club from Nunhead, Greater London. The club were prominent in southern English non-league football prior to World War II, but ceased all playing activities at the end of the 1940–41 season, founded as Wingfield House Football Club in 1888, the club changed its name to Nunhead F. C. in 1904. During the 1926–27 season, Nunhead reached the FA Cup second round, the campaign was also notable for Nunhead setting a record for the highest margin of victory by a non-league side in an FA Cup round proper match when they beat Kingstonian 9–0 in the first round. In the 1931–32 season Nunhead were on the end of that same nine goal margin of victory record when they lost 9–0 in the FA Cup first round to Bath City. In the mid-1930s Dennis Compton played for the club and he would go on to play for Arsenal and England. The Second World War, the termination by the landlords of the lease on Browns Ground. The site of the ground now forms part of the playing fields of the Haberdashers Askes Federation. As late as the early 1980s the old football clubs dressing rooms were used by the Haberdashers Askes boys school where they were referred to as the Cowsheds. Albert Cadwell Denis Compton Sidney Pugh Isthmian League Champions, 1928–29, 1929–30 Runners-up, 1919–20, 1922–23 London Senior Cup Winners,1923 Surrey Senior CupWinners,1908 Runners-up,1930
London Caledonians F.C.
London Caledonians F. C. was an amateur football club based in London, primarily for Scottish players. They were founder members of the Isthmian League, which won in its inaugural season. They remained in the league until 1939 when the club folded, the club won the first of their five Middlesex Senior Cups in 1889–90 and the first of their five London Senior Cups in 1899–1900. They were founder members of the Isthmian League in 1905 and were champions in its first season and they won the league again in 1907–08 and then three times in a row between 1911–12 and 1913–14. They reached the first round of the FA Cup in 1912–13, the following season they started in the first round, but lost 3–0 at Huddersfield Town. In 1922–23 the club reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup, the following season they reached the semi-finals again, but lost in a second replay. A sixth Isthmian League title was won in 1924–25, the following season they again entered the FA Cup in the first round, but lost to Ilford. In 1926–27 they again lost in the first round, this time to Luton Town, however, the following season they reached the third round, where they lost 3–2 at home to Crewe Alexandra. The club did not return to the league after World War II. C
Lynn Road was a football ground in the Newbury Park area of Ilford, London. It was the ground of Ilford F. C. from 1904 until 1977. The ground was built in 1904 after Ilford were given notice to leave their Wellesley Road ground, the first match at the new ground was played against Clapton in September that year, and in November a new 400-seat stand was opened on the southern side of the pitch. They bought the freehold of the site in 1922, and built another stand on the side of the pitch. The original stand was demolished in 1928 and replaced by an 850-seat stand that included a paddock with a capacity of 950. The record attendance of 17,000 was set for an English Schools Trophy match between Ilford and Swansea in May 1952, by this time the ground had a capacity of 18,000. Floodlights were subsequently installed in 1962, in the 1970s plans were made to relocate to a new ground near Fairlop tube station and the club left in the summer of 1977, with the main stand dismantled in order to be moved to the new site. However, the new ground never materialised and Ilford subsequently merged with Leytonstone to form Leytonstone/Ilford
Civil Service F.C.
Civil Service Football Club is an English football club based in the city of London. However, the club is now a distinct entity and appears to have been so since the late nineteenth century. At what point the Civil Service Rugby Club became an entity from the Football Club is unclear. Certainly, the published by the official Football and Rugby clubs respectively do not refer to a joint history past even 1863. However, the club was still an entity when it became a founding member of the Rugby Football Union in 1871. However, in 1892 contemporary sources refer to Clapham Rovers as being unique in the respect that it played both codes, suggesting that the Civil Service had distinct teams by that point. The club was one of the founding sides of the Football Association on 26 October 1863, and lays claim to an earlier. It was represented at the meeting by Mr. Warne of the War Office. Civil Service was also one of the fifteen entrants to the first ever FA Cup competition in 1871–72, several members of the Civil Service took a prominent role in organising the first representative matches between sides representing England and Scotland in 1870. Civil Service played a significant role in the introduction and popularization of the game of football in Europe early in the 1900s through touring, undertaking their first continental tour in 1901, in recognition of their contributions the club is an honorary life member of Real Madrid and Slavia Prague. Early in the history the decision was taken to remain an amateur side in the face of the emergence of the professional game. Civil Service was subsequently active in the formation of amateur leagues including the Amateur Football Alliance, the Isthmian League. They also captured the Southern Amateur League title in 1913 and 1914, in later years clubs accumulation of honours was modest with a SAL title in 1939 and two more league triumphs in 1969 and 1971. More recently the club has seen the return of a measure of success. They captured the AFA Senior Cup in 1997 with a 4–3 win over Lensbury, the club has nine sides competing in the Southern Amateur League and a Vets side playing in the West London Veterans League. The club played in the first ever football match at Buckingham Palace in October 2013 to mark the Football Associations 150th anniversary. For notable Rugby players please see CS Rugby 1863 William A. Baillie-Hamilton - Represented Scotland in the international match in November 1870. William Heap Bailey - Represented Scotland in the international match in November 1870
Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club /ˈwɪkəm/ is a professional association football club based in the town of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. The team play in League Two, the tier of English football. The club plays at Adams Park, which is situated on the outskirts of High Wycombe. The clubs nicknames are the Chairboys and the Blues, Ainsworth retired from playing at the end of the 2012–13 season. He is assisted by Richard Dobson and Barry Richardson, the club was awarded the Family Club of the Year award twice in a row in 2006–07 and 2007–08. This is the time that the award has been given to the same club in consecutive seasons. The club received a Football League Family Excellence Award after the 2009–10, 2011–12, the exact details of the formation of Wycombe Wanderers F. C. have largely been lost to history. A group of young furniture trade workers started a team to play matches in 1884 and this team was called North Town Wanderers. In 1887, a meeting held at the Steam Engine public house in Station Road and it is highly likely the club was named Wanderers after the famous Wanderers, winners of the first F. A. The club played friendly matches between 1887 and 1896, Amateur Cup in 1894 and the F. A. In 1895 the club moved to Loakes Park, which would become its home for the next 95 years, in 1896 the club joined the Southern League and competed in the Second Division until 1908. In the summer of 1908 the club declined the invitation to retain their membership of the Southern League, the club decided to pursue amateur instead of professional football and joined the Great Western Suburban League and remained there until the outbreak of the First World War. After the hostilities had ended the club joined the Spartan League in 1919 and were Champions in successive years, in March 1921 the clubs application to join the Isthmian League was accepted. The club remained a member of the Isthmian League until 1985, for over sixty years the Wanderers sought to be the greatest amateur club in the country. One of the clubs greatest achievements came in April 1931 when the F. A, Amateur Cup was won for the only time. The Wanderers beat Hayes 1–0 in the final at Highbury, home of Arsenal, the club also reached the first round proper of the F. A. Cup for the first time in November 1932, losing to Gillingham in a replay at Loakes Park, the club remained active during the Second World War, competing in the Great Western Combination, which was won in 1945. It provided the basis for a period of unprecedented success in 1950s, the club appointed Sid Cann as coach in 1952 and he led the Wanderers to their first Isthmian League title in 1956
Dulwich Hamlet F.C.
Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is a football club based in Dulwich, in the London Borough of Southwark in England. The club are members of the Premier Division of the Isthmian League. The club was formed in 1893, by Lorraine Pa Wilson, in 1907 they joined both the Isthmian League and the Spartan League, leaving the latter at the end of the 1907–08 season. In 1919–20 the club won its first Isthmian League title, winning the league on goal average against Nunhead and they also won the FA Amateur Cup, beating Tufnell Park 1–0 in the final at the Den. The club won the league again in 1925–26, and the FA Amateur Cup for a time in 1931–32 win a 7–1 win against Marine in the final. The following season the club won their league title. In 1933–34 they reached the Amateur Cup final again, but lost 2–1 to Leyton, the two clubs met in the final again in 1936–37, with Dulwich winning 2–0. In 1948–49 the club won the Isthmian League for a fourth time and they were promoted back to the Premier Division at the end of the 1991–92 season after finishing third in Division One. In 1998–99 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1948, after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 2000–01, the club were relegated back to Division One. After finishing seventh in 2003–04, the club played off against Wealdstone for a place in the Premier Division after league re-organisation, in 2010–11 Dulwich finished fifth and entered the promotion play-offs, beating Bognor Regis Town 3–1 in the semi-finals before losing 4–3 to Leatherhead in the final. The following season the finished third, again qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Folkestone Invicta 2–1 in the semi-finals, they lost the final 1–0 to Bognor Regis and they returned to the Premier Division after winning the Division One South title on the last day of the 2012–13 season with a 1–1 draw against Burgess Hill Town. In 2014–15 Dulwich finished fourth in the Premier Division, qualifying for the play-offs, however, they lost 2–1 at Margate in the semi-finals. The following season the club finished fifth, and reached the final after winning 1–0 at Bognor Regis Town in the semi-final. The club played at Woodwarde Road until 1895, when moved to College Farm. The following year moved to Sunray Avenue, where they remained until 1902. Between 1902 and 1912 they played at Freemans Ground on Champion Hill, before moving to an adjacent plot of land, the stadium was used for amateur international matches, including the 1948 Summer Olympics. In 1991 the stadium was demolished, as it was too run-down and dangerous to bring up to safety standards
Tufnell Park F.C.
Haringey Borough Football Club are an English football club based in Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey. Formed in 1973 by a merger of Edmonton and Wood Green Town, Tufnell Park were established in 1907 and joined the London Spartan League in 1910. In 1912 they switched to the Athenian League, which won in 1913–14. After World War I they joined the Isthmian League, and reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup in the 1919–20 season, in 1950 the club merged with Edmonton Borough to form Tufnell Park Edmonton. In 1952 the club left the Isthmian League to join the Spartan League, in 1960 the club was renamed Edmonton. The following season they rejoined the Athenian League and were placed in Division Two, a second-place finish in 1969–70 saw them promoted to Division One. In 1973 the club merged with Wood Green Town, which had been a breakaway from Tufnell Park in 1911, playing as Tufnell Spartans until 1920, the new club was named Edmonton & Haringey, before adopting its current name in 1976. In 1984 the club joined Division Two North of the Isthmian League and they left the league in 1988 and had a season without playing, before joining the Premier Division of the Spartan League in 1989. They were renamed Tufnell Park in 1995, but changed back to Haringey Borough after a season, the club was transferred to the Essex Senior League for the 2013–14 season, where their tenants Greenhouse London also play. On 18 April 2015 Haringey Borough FC clinched the Essex Senior League trophy with a 3–2 victory over Bowers & Pitsea, Haringey Borough play their home games at the Coles Park Stadium, White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London, N17 7JP. Players that have played/managed in the Football League or any equivalent to this level. Players that hold a record or have captained the club. Lee Holmes Haringey Borough also have a football team, who as of the 2014–15 season compete in the Eastern Region Womens Football League. Football in London Club website Old club website
Wimbledon Football Club was an English football club formed in Wimbledon, south-west London, in 1889 and based at Plough Lane from 1912 to 1991. Founded as Wimbledon Old Centrals, the club were a team for most of their history. The team rose quickly from obscurity during the 1980s and were promoted to the then top-flight First Division in 1986, the team remained in the First Division and its successor the FA Premier League until they were relegated in 2000. In 2001, after rejecting a variety of local sites and others further afield. A group of supporters responded by forming a new club, AFC Wimbledon, Wimbledon played their first match in Milton Keynes in 2003, and adopted the name Milton Keynes Dons in 2004. Wimbledon Old Central Football Club were formed in 1889, taking its name from the Old Central School on Wimbledon Common where players had been pupils. The clubs first match was a 1–0 victory over Westminster, Wimbledon won the Clapham League again in 1900–01, as well as two minor trophies. The club was restarted a year later under the name Wimbledon Borough, though Borough was dropped from the name after barely a year. The club continued to play on Wimbledon Common and at other locations in the Wimbledon area until 1912. Wimbledon joined the Athenian League for 1919–20, and in the season in its new division finished as runners-up. The club then joined the Isthmian League, winning four Isthmian League titles during the 1930s, and reaching the FA Amateur Cup final in 1934–35, Wimbledon began to prosper. The club reached another FA Amateur Cup final in 1946–47, Wimbledon won the Isthmian League for the fifth time in 1958–59 before starting a period of domination that saw three successive championships – 1961–62, 1962–63 and 1963–64. Following these successes the decision was taken to turn professional for the 1964–65 season, Wimbledon had continued success in their new league, finishing as runners-up at the first attempt. They then became the first non-League team that century to beat a First Division side away from home by defeating Burnley at Turf Moor. In the fourth round the good form continued, as the team held the reigning First Division champions Leeds United to a 0–0 draw at Elland Road. Goalkeeper Dickie Guy saved a penalty from Peter Lorimer to earn a replay, after winning the Southern League three times running from 1974–75 to 1976–77, Wimbledon were elected to The Football League in place of Workington for the 1977–78 season. The 1977–78 season was a satisfactory Football League debut for Wimbledon, Allen Batsford had resigned as manager on 2 January 1978 to be succeeded by Dario Gradi, who guided the club to promotion in 1978–79. Wimbledons first stay in the Third Division was not a successful one, the team struggled, and were relegated in bottom place, winning just 10 league games all season
Woking Football Club is a semi-professional association football club based in Woking, Surrey, England. Formed in 1889, the play at The Laithwaite Community Stadium and participates in the National League. Woking have won the FA Trophy a joint-record three times and finished 2015–16 season in 12th place, Woking are known as The Cards or The Cardinals. Woking Football Club, known as the Cards, was formed in 1889, the club joined the West Surrey League in 1895–96, winning the title by one point. However, within 21 years of being formed, the club was in danger of folding for financial reasons, the turning point came when, in January 1908, Woking played Bolton Wanderers in the First Round of the FA Cup, having made it through five qualifying rounds. Despite losing the away game 5–0, the club made it into the national news, Bolton Wanderers, impressed by the minnows they had defeated, travelled to Woking for a friendly match the following season, which kept the club solvent. In 1911 the club joined the Isthmian League, maintaining their place in the top division for 72 years and finishing as runners-up to Wycombe Wanderers in 1956–57. That achievement was eclipsed the following season when, in front of a 71,000 crowd, the club then went into decline, culminating in a first-ever relegation in 1982–83. By the end of the 1984–85 season the club had plunged to Division Two South of the Isthmian League and it was during that season that former player, Geoff Chapple, was appointed as manager. However, Chapelle was not able to save the club from relegation, the following season, the club just missed out on promotion at the first attempt. The next season saw the club part of FA Cup folklore. Entering the competition in the Fourth Qualifying Round, they beat three Conference sides to set up a Third Round tie away to West Bromwich Albion, recovering from being a goal behind, Woking triumphed 4–2, after a hat-trick from Tim Buzaglo. The club was drawn against Everton. The tie was originally going to be played at Woking, though the venue was switched to Evertons home ground, Woking narrowly lost the match 1–0 to a Kevin Sheedy goal. Promotion to the Conference was achieved in 1991–92, the Isthmian League title was clinched in early April, with seven games still to be played,18 points clear of nearest rivals, Enfield. The next season saw Woking finish the season in eighth position, the FA Trophy was won in 1994 when Runcorn were beaten at Wembley. Twelve months later Kidderminster Harriers were beaten as Woking became the club ever to win successive finals. Wembley was revisited in 1997 and the FA Trophy was won for the third time, the Cards also achieved five successive top five finishes in the Conference, including being runners-up in 1994–95 and 1995–96 when they finished below Stevenage
Oxford City F.C.
Oxford City Football Club is an English football club based in Marston, Oxford. They currently compete in the National League South, the tier of English football. The club were formed in 1882 and soon became the leading club in Oxfordshire, winning the FA Amateur Cup in 1906. In the latter half of the 20th century, the club went into decline, the club reached its lowest point in 1988 when they were evicted from their White House Ground by their landlords Brasenose College, who sold it off for housing. They returned to the Isthmian League in 1993 when they moved to their current ground. The club continued to climb through the divisions of that League during the 1990s and this rule change also means that Citys other FA Cup record – the six games needed before losing to Alvechurch in 1971–72 – will probably never be beaten. In 2005 the club were relegated back to the South Midlands League, in November 2006 Lyne resigned as manager to become the clubs Director of Football. He was succeeded by Justin Merritt as Player Manager with former Oxford United player Mike Ford as his assistant, Merritt subsequently stepped down in August 2009 and Ford took over as manager. On 3 May 2008, Oxford City were promoted from the Southern League Division One South, in their first season in the Premier Division they finished in 6th place, narrowly missing out on the playoffs. In 2011–12 Oxford City finished 2nd after narrowly missing out on the title and they won the playoff final against AFC Totton to gain promotion to Conference North for the first time in their history. The club enjoyed a successful first season in the Conference North, Mike Ford left the club shortly after the season ended. City are an FA Charter Standard Community Club and field more than 40 teams, with sides for men, women, boys, for 2015–16, they moved from Conference North to Conference South – the division was renamed National League South. Oxford City play their games at Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford, Oxfordshire. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Hornchurch are a football club based in Hornchurch, Greater London, England. The club are members of the Isthmian League Premier Division. The club was formed in 2005 as a successor to Hornchurch Football Club, the club was established shortly after Hornchurch were liquidated on 11 May 2005, and were placed in the Essex Senior League by the Football Association on 19 May. In their first season the club won the league, as well as the League Cup, promoted to Division One North of the Isthmian League, the club won that division in 2006–07 to earn promotion to the Premier Division. In 2007–08 AFC Hornchurch finished fourth in the Premier Division, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, the 2008–09 saw the club finish sixth, missing out on the play-offs. They also reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, although they entered administration in May 2009, the club managed to survive. After a ninth-placed finish in 2009–10 and coming tenth in 2010–11, following a 3–1 win over Bury Town in the semi-finals, they defeated Lowestoft Town 2–1 in the final, earning promotion to the Conference South. Their first season in the Conference South saw them finish 20th, the 2013–14 resulted in a fifth-placed finish and qualification for the promotion play-offs. In a repeat of the 2011 final, they faced Lowestoft Town following a 1–0 win over Kingstonian in the semi-finals, on this occasion, they lost 3–0 to the Suffolk club. The following season saw them finish 23rd out of 24 clubs in the Premier Division and relegation to Division One North and they finished fifth in 2015–16, again qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Thurrock 2–0 in the semi-final, they were beaten 3–1 by Harlow Town, Isthmian League Division One North champions 2006–07 Essex Senior League Champions 2005–06 League Cup winners 2005–06 Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy winners 2005–06 A. F. C
Bishop's Stortford F.C.
Bishops Stortford Football Club is a football club based in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. They are currently members of the National League South and play at Woodside Park, the club was established at the Chequers Hotel on 28 January 1874. Initially playing in crimson and green, their first match was played two weeks later, losing 2–1 to East of England Non Conformist Grammar School, in 1885 they were founders of the Hertfordshire County Football Association, and subsequently started playing in local leagues in the 1890s. After World War I the club won both the Stansted & District League and the East Hertfordshire League in 1919–20, in 1921 they joined the North-Eastern Division of the Hertfordshire County League. In 1923 the league was reduced to a division, and it disbanded entirely in 1925, making a brief comeback in 1926–27. In 1929 they joined the new Division Two East of the Spartan League, following World War II, the league resumed in 1945, with the club in the Eastern Division. Despite finishing in last place in 1945–46, they were placed in the Premier Division the following season, however, after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1948–49, they were relegated to Division One. In 1951 the club were members of the Delphian League. After the league disbanded in 1963 they joined Division Two of the Athenian League, winning Division One in 1965–66, in the 1970–71 season they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 6–1 at Reading. In 1971 the club switched to the Isthmian League, and in 1973 they reached the round of the FA Cup. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Amateur Cup, losing 1–0 to Slough Town, however, the following season they won the last ever edition of the cup, beating Ilford 4–1 at Wembley. In 1974–75 they reached the FA Cup first round again, the following season they reached the second round again, losing 2–0 at Aldershot. In 1977–78 the club finished bottom of the Isthmian League Premier Division, in 1982–83 the club beat Football League opposition in the FA Cup for the first time, winning 2–1 at Reading in the first round. After beating Slough Town 4–1 in the round, they held Second Division Middlesbrough to a 2–2 draw at Ayresome Park. They reached the first round again in 1984–85, 1985–86 and 1986–87, in 1991–92 Stortford finished bottom of the Premier Division, and were relegated back to Division One. They returned as champions in 1993–94, but were relegated again in 1998–99, after a second-place finish in 2001–02 the club returned to the Premier Division, and after finishing eleventh in 2003–04, were placed in the newly formed Conference South. The 2003–04 season also saw them reach the FA Cup first round again, in 2006–07 another first round appearance resulted in a 5–3 defeat to Kings Lynn. Rushden & Diamonds expulsion from the Football Conference led to the club being transferred to the Conference North in 2011, in 2012–13 they reached the FA Cup first round for the twelfth time, losing 2–1 at home to Hasting United
Bognor Regis Town F.C.
Bognor Regis Town Football Club are an English football club based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. The club is an FA Chartered Standard Community club affiliated to the Sussex County Football Association and they currently compete in the Isthmian League Premier Division as of the 2016-17 season. Bognor F. C. were founded in 1883 and the club became founding members of the West Sussex Football League in 1896, joining the Senior Division. They won the championship of this league for five years in the early 1920s. Just one year later, however, they joined the Sussex County League where they were to remain until 1972, the club became Bognor Regis F. C. in 1929 after King George V added the suffix Regis to the seaside resort. The club won the Sussex County Division One championship in the 1948–49 season, at the end of that season, they added Town to their name so as not to be confused with the local rugby club. At the end of the 1969–70 season they were relegated, the club won the Division One championship title the following season and were promoted to Division One South of the Southern League. In 1972–73 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, in 1976 Jack Pearce became manager at the age of just 26, and went on to hold the position until 2007. In 1981 the club were transferred to Division One of the Isthmian League, in 1984–85 they reached the first round of the FA Cup again, beating Swansea City 3–1 in a replay after a 1–1 draw at the Vetch Field. In the second round they lost 5–2 at Reading and they reached the second round again the following season, beating Enfield in the first round, before losing 6–1 at Gillingham. They went on to reach the first round again in 1986–87, in 1988–89 they beat Football League opposition again, defeating Exeter City 2–1, before losing to Cambridge United. In 1991–92 Bognor finished in the zone, but were reprieved after Dagenham. However, the season they finished bottom of the Premier Division. In 1995–96 they reached the round of the FA Cup for a fourth time. In 2002–03 they finished second in Division One South, and were promoted back to the Premier Division, after finishing tenth the following year, the club were placed in the newly established Conference South. They were relegated back to the Isthmian League Premier Division at the end of the 2008–09 season, season 2010–11 saw the club compete in the Isthmian League Division One South and they missed out on promotion back to the Premier Division by the tightest of margins. As a result, they found themselves having to participate in the end-of-season play-offs, in 2011–12 they again finished second in Division One South. They won the end-of-season play-offs, defeating Godalming Town in a thrilling semi-final, before beating Dulwich Hamlet 1–0 in the final, the 2013-14 season started slowly with just one point from the opening four matches
Brightlingsea Regent F.C.
Brightlingsea Regent Football Club is an English football club based in Brightlingsea, Essex. Formed by a merger of Brightlingsea United and Regent Park Rangers in 2005, they are members of the Isthmian League Division One North. Brightlingsea United were founded in 1928 by a merger of Brightlingsea Athletic, the new club played in Division One the Essex & Suffolk Border League, and in 1929 moved to the North Road ground. They were runners-up in Division One in 1929–30, and in 1931 they were promoted to the Premier Division, in 1946–47 they won Division One, and were promoted back to the Premier Division. However, they were relegated back to Division One after a single season, in 1971–72 the club won the League Cup, beating Halstead Town 2–1 in the final. In 1972 they joined the Essex Senior League and they won the title in 1988–89 and 1989–90, before joining the Division One of the Eastern Counties League in 1990. They finished as runners-up in their first season, and were promoted to the Premier Division, however, they returned to Division One after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1992–93. The club resigned from the league shortly before the start of the 2002–03 season after the manager and most of the players left, complaining about a lack of proper changing facilities. The first team replaced their reserves in Division Two of the Essex & Suffolk Border League and were relegated to Division Three at the end of the season, when Division Three was disbanded in 2005, the club was moved back to Division Two. That year the merged with youth club Regent Park Rangers to form Brightlingsea Regent. The newly merged club won Division Two at the first attempt, in 2010–11 the club won the Premier Division and the A. V. Lee Service Memorial Cup, and were promoted to Division One of the Eastern Counties League, the 2012–13 season saw the club finish third in Division One, earning promotion to the Premier Division. They also won the First Division Knock-Out Cup, beating Great Yarmouth Town 1–0 in the final, the following season Brightlingsea finished second in the Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One North of the Isthmian League. V. C. Players Brightlingsea Regent F. C. managers Official website
Burgess Hill Town F.C.
Burgess Hill Town Football Club is an English football club currently playing in the Premier Division of the Isthmian League, the seventh tier of English football. The club plays its games at The Green Elephant Stadium in Burgess Hill. Burgess Hill Football Club was founded in 1882 and was a member of the Sussex County Football Association. The club attained the unique achievement of winning the Sussex Senior Cup three years running thus retaining it permanently in the process, the cup is on display in the trophy cabinet in the club boardroom. The current trophy was presented to the S. C. F. A. by Burgess Hill Town Football Club, in the clubs formative years they were also founder members of the Mid-Sussex Football League, and won the League Championship in its inaugural season. Following several successful seasons the club joined the Sussex County League for the 1958–59 season, in 1969 the club amalgamated with Worlds End F. C. and with the help of Burgess Hill Town Council were able to move to Leylands Park, the clubs current home. In 1971, the gained promotion to Division One, only to be relegated two seasons later. 1974 saw the Hillians reach another landmark achievement by becoming the club ever to have won both the League Challenge Cup and the Division Two Cup in the same season. In 1976 a hat trick of achievements were completed by winning the Division One Championship by six points, during the ensuing twenty years in the top flight of the County League success was modest. In 1980 the League Challenge Cup was secured and in 1992 the RUR Cup was added, however, all this changed in season 1996–97 under the guidance of club manager, Alan Pook. The club became Division One champions by twelve points, won the Floodlight Cup, the 2nd XI finished runners up in the Reserve Premier and won the Mid-Sussex Charity Cup, while the Youth XI won their overall championship. In 1997–98, the club 1st XI attained even more success by winning the League Championship. Additionally they reached the Sussex Senior Cup Final and were top of the merit table. The Youth XI also finished as Double Champions in the sector, the 1998–99 season saw the Hillians achieve a unique treble in winning the Championship for a post war record third time and again securing a league and cup double, back to back. The 2nd XI won their cup and were runners up in the league, not to be out done, the Youth XI won their league and only missed out on a double by goal difference. The club then appointed new manager Gary Croydon for season 1999–2000 and he led the Hillians to take runners up spot in the league and to a record fourth qualifying round FA Cup tie against Hereford United. Again a last 16 place was achieved in the FA Vase as well as winning the RUR Cup, with plans being laid for Southern League football, club directors, Gary Croydon and Eddie Benson appointed Danny Bloor as manager for season 2002–2003. The club was rewarded yet another championship crown, the fifth in seven seasons
Carshalton Athletic F.C.
Carshalton Athletic Football Club is an English football club based in Carshalton in the London Borough of Sutton. They currently play in the Isthmian League Division One South and are based at the War Memorial Sports Ground, Carshalton Athletic traces its roots to two separate teams playing in the area of Wrythe Green in Carshalton in the early twentieth century. Whilst the clubs history is dated to the formation of Mill Lane Mission in 1905 it also recognises the importance of officials, Mill Lane Mission was organised by the Mill Lane Mission recreational facility for teenage boys and began playing friendlies in 1903. They were formally registered with the Surrey County FA in September 1905, during 1905 and 1906 discussions were held with Carshalton St Andrews over amalgamation. Carshalton St Andrews was formed in 1897 by the vicar of St Andrews, C. W. Cleaver and began playing in the Surrey County Herald League. In 1902 they were promoted into the Southern Suburban League Division 2 West and they agreed to fold and amalgamate with Mill Lane Mission in 1906 but did not formally do so until they had honoured their remaining obligations at the end of the 1907–08 season. Meanwhile, Mill Lane Mission registered their name change with the Surrey F. A. the first ever match under this name was on 7 September 1907 at home on the Wrythe Green recreation ground in a friendly against Westbrook. Carshalton Athletics original colours were those inheritted from St Andrews who played in Red with white stripes, after the name change the club went on to win successive promotions in 1908,1909 and 1910 which were rewarded with election to the Junior Division of the Southern Suburban League. Before the outbreak of the First World War further success in league and junior cup competitions was achieved. In 1913 the club won the Suburban League Division 1 West, in the same period they also won the Surrey Junior Cup, Surrey Junior Charity Cup and the Croydon Charity Cup and were runners up in the London Junior Cup. The outbreak of the war curtailed this period of success and the club went into a period of suspended animation during the war as its ground was given over to agricultural use. This was built as a memorial to members of the club who lost their lives in the War. The interwar years were relatively uneventful. The only silverware the club won was the Surrey Intermediate Cup, in the league, the club remained in the Southern Suburban League, finishing as runners up in 1922 before becoming founding members of the Surrey Senior League in the 1922–23 season. At the same time the club gained Football Association senior club status, the club did not apply to enter the FA Challenge Cup or FA Amateur Cup because facilities at the ground were not up to standard for these competitions. Fortunately it proved possible to find volunteers and donors to enable work to be carried out. The work on the proved to be needed the following season as Carshalton Athletic were elected into the Corinthian League. A far better period began with the first match Carshalton Athletic played against a team from overseas at the start of the 1952–53 season, hengelo from the Netherlands were the opponents in what was to become a regular friendly fixture over following years
Corinthian-Casuals Football Club is a football club based in Tolworth in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, England. Affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association, they are members of the Isthmian League Division One South. The club was established in 1939 as a merger of amateur clubs Corinthian, the new club played a single match before football was suspended due to World War II. After the war the club took Casuals place in the Isthmian League, in 1953–54 they won the Surrey Senior Cup, beating Epsom 2–0 in the final. Two seasons later they reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup, after a 1–1 draw against Bishop Auckland at Wembley Stadium and they reached the semi-finals of the competition the following season, losing 4–2 to Wycombe Wanderers. In 1965–66 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, the division was renamed Division One in 1977, and the club were relegated again at the end of the 1977–78 season. In 1983–84 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the time, drawing 0–0 with Fourth Division Bristol City. At the end of the season the club were excluded from the Isthmian League after new groundsharing rules were introduced, in 1988–89 Corinthian-Casuals toured Brazil, which included a match against Corinthians, in which Sócrates played for both teams. In 1994–95 they won the Spartan League Cup, in 1996 the club switched to the Combined Counties League. After finishing as runners-up in their first season in the new league, after another tour to Brazil in 2001, league reorganisation in 2002 saw them placed in Division One South. Further reorganisation saw them become members of Division One in 2004, in 2010–11 they won the Surrey Senior Cup for a second time, beating Leatherhead 2–0 in the final. In 2015 the club returned to Brazil to play Corinthians again, after its formation the club played its first match in the grounds of Lambeth Palace, but after World War II they played at Kingstonians Richmond Road ground, which had been used by Casuals. In 1988 the club merged with Tolworth and took over their King Georges Field, the ground originally had a running track around the pitch, which was later removed. The ground currently has a capacity of 2,000, of which 161 is seated and 700 covered. C, players Corinthian-Casuals F. C. managers Official website