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
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
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
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
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
St Albans City F.C.
St Albans City Football Club is a football club based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. It was founded in 1908 and plays its matches at Clarence Park. The club is in the National League South, citys most famous match was on 22 November 1922 in a fourth round qualifying FA Cup match. Having been held by Dulwich Hamlet to a 1–1 draw at Clarence Park on 18 November, citys New Zealand-born goalkeeper W. Tennant did not appear, his place taken by Alf Fearn who was usually a half-back with the reserves. Dulwich put eight goals past him, the goal coming in near darkness at the end of extra time. What put the game in the books was that City scored seven times. His feat remains the highest tally by a player on the side of an FA Cup tie. Founded in April 1908, the period in the history of St Albans City Football Club came during the 1920s. In February 2002, with the club having made one visit to the High Court in London. Since that time the Saints have existed very successfully within their financial means although the rise into the Nationwide Conference has been far from smooth, midway through the following campaign City were rooted to the foot of the table and facing an immediate return to the Isthmian League. Football had been played at the Saints Clarence Park home for 14 years prior to the formation of the present day club. The original St Albans, which played home matches at three other venues within the old Roman stronghold, met its demise in 1904 having come into existence back in 1881. After a four-year lapse a senior club bearing the name of the city again in 1908 and during its formative years competed in the Herts County. A move to the Athenian League heralded the start of the Saints halcyon days as that championship was won twice in three years paving the way for election to the Isthmian League. St Albans City won the Isthmian at the first attempt and followed it with two further successes before the decade was out, City remained in the Isthmian League until 2003 but never again did the title return to Clarence Park. When an extra Division was added in 1973 St Albans, along with Corinthian Casuals, had the honour of being the first club to be relegated within the Isthmian League. When a second relegation followed 12 years later the club turned to its former player John Mitchell, whose semi-final goals took Fulham to the 1975 FA Cup final, Mitchell duly obliged with two promotions in three years. In 1998 the diseased tree was felled, along with the Saints five championship successes in eight years during the 1920s the club also enjoyed its greatest days in the Amateur Cup
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
Ilford Football Club is a football club based in Ilford, in East London founded in 1987. The club is affiliated to the Essex County Football Association They are currently members of the Essex Senior League, there was an earlier famous non-league club of the same name, founded in 1881. In 1979, it merged with Leytonstone to create Leytonstone/Ilford, a precursor to Dagenham & Redbridge, the first Ilford F. C. were a famous amateur side, founded in 1881 playing in the Southern League and FA Amateur Cup. The club won the Isthmian League three times and were winners of the FA Amateur Cup. They played at Lynn Road in Newbury Park, until they merged with Leytonstone to form Leytonstone and Ilford in 1979 and they played in Granleigh Road by the railway arches. The Lynn Road ground was used for two matches in the 1948 Summer Olympics, France v India and Turkey v Yugoslavia. The current incarnation of Ilford F. C. was formed in 1987 by Peter Foley, Michael Foley and Eddie McNally and they dropped out of this league in 1991, rejoined in 1993, but dropped out again after one season. The team was in the zone of the Isthmian League First Division North at the end of the season. They finished in the zone again in 2007–08 but received another reprieve after the resignation of Edgware Town. The following season was Ilfords best season since reforming in 1987, with a finish of 17th recorded under the leadership of former player and reserve manager Chris Wood. Walton remained as manager until the end of season 2011–12 with his main achievement being keeping the club above the relegation places on one of the lowest budgets in the league. He was replaced by Kevin Lucas former manager of Enfield 1893 of the Essex Senior League for the start of the 2012–13 campaign. This season proved one of the worst in the history as they finished bottom of the league with only four wins and 32 goals scored. Following relegation, the club has now appointed Martin Haywood as the new manager for the start of the 2013-14 campaign, Ilford play their home games at the Cricklefield Stadium on the High Road in Ilford. Their previous ground, Lynn Road, was used during the 1948 Summer Olympics to host two matches in the football tournament, shaun Batt Julian Charles Troy Hewitt Clydie Roberts Sidney Sugden Football in London Club page - Unofficial Official Ilford Youth Team
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
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
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
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
Billericay Town F.C.
Billericay Town Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Billericay, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League Premier Division and play at New Lodge and they are the second most successful club in FA Vase history, having won the competition on three occasions. Established as Billericay in 1880, the joined the Romford & District League in 1890. They also started playing in the Mid-Essex League, winning Division Two in 1912–13 and they remained in the Mid-Essex League until joining the Southern Essex Combination League in 1947. In 1946 they adopted their current name, in 1966 the club were founder members of the Essex Olympian League. The 1969–70 season saw them win the league and League Cup double, following their back-to-back titles, the club became founder members of the Essex Senior League in 1971, finishing as runners-up in its first season and winning the title in 1972–73. After finishing as runners-up again, the club won league titles in 1974–75. The latter season saw them reach the final of the FA Vase and beat Stamford 1–0 at Wembley. Although they only finished third in 1976–77, they retained the FA Vase, in 1977 the club switched to the Athenian League, which they won at the first attempt. The following season saw them move up to Division Two of the Isthmian League, they won at the first attempt. Billericay remained in the Premier Division until being relegated to Division One at the end of the 1985–86 season and this began a spell as a yo-yo club, as they were relegated to Division Two North at the end of the 1988–89 season. The 1997–98 season also saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, in 2004–05 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup again, losing 1–0 at home to Stevenage Borough. They also finished as Premier Division runners-up, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, however, they were beaten 2–0 at home by Leyton in the semi-finals. In 2007–08 they qualified for the first round of the FA Cup again, in 2010–11 Billericay won the Essex Senior Cup for a second time, beating Aveley 2–0 in the final. The following season saw the win the Premier Division, earning promotion to the Conference South. However, they were relegated back to the Isthmian League the following season after finishing second-from-bottom of the Conference South, as of 2 March 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, Billericay Town played at Archer Hall on Laindon Road until moving to New Lodge in 1971
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
Dorking Wanderers F.C.
Dorking Wanderers Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Dorking, Surrey, England. Affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association, they are members of the Isthmian League Division One South. The club was formed in 1999 and initially playing in the Crawley, after their first season in the Crawley league they switched to Division Four of the West Sussex League, winning the division at the first attempt. In 2001–02 the club finished as Division Three runners-up, earning a third consecutive promotion, after winning Division Two in 2003–04 they were promoted to Division One, and a third-place finish in Division One in 2005–05 saw them promoted to the Premier Division. In 2006–07 Dorking won the West Sussex Leagues Premier Division, winning the title with a win on the last day of the season, as a result, the club were promoted to Division Three of the Sussex County League. They went on to win Division Three in 2010–11, earning promotion to Division Two, a third-place finish in Division Two the following season was enough to see them promoted to Division One. However, the league initially denied entry to the division as their ground was not deemed to meet the requirements. Although the team struggled in Division One, finishing third-from-bottom in 2012–13, they finished second in 2014–15. Dorkings first season in the Isthmian League saw them finish as runners-up in Division Two South and they lost 2–1 to Faversham Town in the semi-finals. In 2015 the clubs reserve team were promoted from the Suburban League to the Combined Counties League, however, they left the league at the end of the season as the club were set to groundshare with Dorking during the 2016–17 season. The club initially played at Big Field Brockham, before moving to the Westhumble Playing Fields on London Road in 2007, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. C
Enfield Town F.C.
Enfield Town Football Club is a football club based in Enfield Town, Greater London, England. Established in 2001 as a breakaway from Enfield, the club are currently members of the Isthmian League Premier Division. The club badge features the Enfield beast, the balance of over £600,000 would have been paid to the chairman. The newly formed club were admitted to the Essex Senior League for the 2001–02 season, the clubs first season saw them finish second in the league and win the League Cup, the Capital Counties Feeder Leagues Trophy, and the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup. The following season won the Essex Senior League, but were not promoted due to ground grading issues. Despite only finishing fourth in the 2003–04 season, in May 2004 the Isthmian League invited the club to join Division Two, but later rescinded the offer. They won the Essex Senior League for a time in 2004–05, and were promoted to Division One East of the Southern League. They finished third in their first season in the Southern League, qualifying for the play-offs, in the summer of 2006 the club were transferred to Division One North of the Isthmian League. The 2006–07 season saw them finish third again, but they lost 4–2 to AFC Sudbury in the play-off semi-finals, however, the Enfield players, officials and supporters rejected the offer and formed a brand new club named Enfield 1893. Enfield Town qualified for the play-offs again in 2009–10 after finishing fourth, however, after beating Wingate & Finchley 3–2 in the semi-finals, they lost 3–1 in the final to Concord Rangers. In 2011–12 they were runners-up in the division and went on to win the play-offs with a 1–0 win over Needham Market in the final, at the start of the 2012–13 season the club won the Supporters Direct Cup, defeating Wrexham 3–1. They retained it the season, beating YB SK Beveren of Belgium 8-2. The club originally played at Brimsdown Rovers Goldsdown Road ground, and were joined by Enfield 1893. In October 2008, Enfield Council announced a deal with the club allowing the club to relocate to the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, close to Enfields old Southbury Road ground. At the end of the 2009–10 season the club was awarded a grant of £81,504 by the Football Stadium Improvement Fund towards the first phase of works on the new ground. The ground was opened with a friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur on 16 November. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The club set up a side in time for the 2006–07 season
Folkestone Invicta F.C.
Folkestone Invicta Football Club is a football club based in Folkestone, Kent, England. There are currently members of the Isthmian League Premier Division and play at Cheriton Road, the club was established in 1936 and initially played in the East Kent Amateur League, before joining the Eastern Section of the Kent County League. They won Division One in 1969–70 and were Division One runners-up in 1976–77 before going on to win the Premier Division in 1978–79, the Premier Division was renamed the Senior Division in 1984. The towns main club, Folkestone, folded in 1990, and after a finish in 1990–91, Invicta joined Division Two of the Kent League. They went on to win the division, as well as the Division Two Cup and the Kent Intermediate Shield in the 1991–92 season, Folkestone were runners-up in Division One of the Kent League in 1997–98, earning promotion to the Southern Division of the Southern League. They were transferred to the Eastern Division for the 1999–2000 season and they went on to finish as runners-up in the division, earning promotion to the Premier Division. The club spent three seasons in the Premier Division, before finishing bottom of the table in 2002–03, after which they were relegated to the Eastern Division. A fifth-place finish the season was enough for an immediate promotion due to the creation of the Conference North and South creating several spaces in the divisions above. However, the club were transferred to the Isthmian League, joining its Premier Division, in 2005–06 Folkestone reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 2–1 at League Two Chester City. The club spent four seasons in the Isthmian League Premier Division before relegation to Division One South at the end of the 2008–09 season, in 2009–10 they were runners-up in Division One South, having missed out on the title due to having ten points deducted for going into administration. In the following season the finished bottom of the Premier Division. In 2013–14 they won their semi-final, beating Hastings United 3–2 and they reached the final again in 2014–15 after defeaing Whyteleafe in the semi-finals, but were beaten 3–0 in the final by Merstham. After four successive play-off failures, the club won Division One South in 2015–16 to return to the Premier Division, when Folkestone folded in 1990, Folkestone Invicta were playing in nearby Hythe. However, they returned to the town in 1991, taking over Folkestones old Cheriton Road in 1991 after Folkestone. C, players Folkestone Invicta F. C. managers Official website
Harlow Town F.C.
Harlow Town Football Club are an English football club based in Harlow, Essex. The club are members of the Premier Division of the Isthmian League, the clubs date of formation is unknown, but the first match was played on 18 October 1879 against Saffron Walden. In 1896 the club joined Division One of the East Herts League, in 1898 the club merged with Netteswell and Burnt Mill and were renamed Harlow and Burnt Mill F. C. and rejoined the East Herts League. The merger was reversed in 1902, in 1907 the club joined the new Stansted & District League. In 1910 they also began entering a team into the East Herts League, in 1911–12 they won Division One of the East Herts League, but were relegated to Division Two the following season. They also finished bottom of the Stansted & District League, withdrawing their team at the end of the season, after World War I the club rejoined both leagues in 1919, being placed in Division One in the East Herts League. They won Division One of the East Herts League in 1922–23, in 1925 the club withdrew their team from the East Herts League and entered the Herts & Essex Border League, before returning to the East Herts League in 1927. In 1927–28 the club won its third Stansted & District League title, after withdrawing from the Stansted & District League, they won Division One of the East Herts League and the League Challenge Cup in 1929–30, retaining the League Cup for the following two seasons. In 1932 the club joined Division Two East of the Spartan League, in 1954 the club joined the Premier Division of the London League. In 1960 they won the League Cup, and moved to the Sportscentre from the Green Man playing fields, in 1961 they switched to the Delphian League. In 1963 it merged into the Athenian League and the club were placed in Division Two, after finishing third in 1963–64 they were promoted to Division One. Due to Harlows facilities at the Sportcentre, the club attracted well-known teams to the area during the mid-, in July 1966 Harlow Town arranged a friendly match against Uruguay, who were staying nearby in preparation for the World Cup. In 1968, Benfica reached the European Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley, Benfica prepared for the final at Harlows Sportcentre, their team included the top scorer from the 1966 World Cup, Eusébio. In 1971–72 the club won Division One, and were promoted to the Premier Division of the Athenian League, in 1973 the club switched to Division Two of the Isthmian League, renamed Division One in 1977. In 1978–79 they won Division One and were promoted to the Premier Division, the 1979–80 season saw the club make its best-ever run in the FA Cup. They entered at the round and beat Lowestoft Town, A. F. C. Hornchurch, Bury Town, Harwich & Parkeston and Margate to reach the first round proper for the first time, in the next round they drew 1–1 at Southend United before winning the replay at the Sportscentre 1–0 in front of 5,000 spectators. The club were drawn away at Second Division leaders Leicester City
Harrow Borough F.C.
Harrow Borough Football Club is an English association football club based in the London Borough of Harrow. The club are members of the Isthmian League Premier Division. The club was formed in 1933 under the name Roxonian F. C. and played their first season in the Harrow. The next season saw the move into a new ground, Earlsmead Stadium. They started in the Spartan League Division Two West and in 1938 they would finish second, as only the Champions were promoted they would have to wait till the following season when they finished top under their new name of Harrow Town F. C. to progress. The war years saw Harrow Town compete in the West Middlesex Combination, with the war over in Europe, Harrow Town finally joined the top level of the Spartan League having been promoted six years early. They remained in the Spartan League until finishing runners up in 1958, in 1967 the club changed its name once again to Harrow Borough F. C. but in the same year were relegated to Athenian League Division Two. This period would see the club facing extinction but the sale of their second pitch to the local council enabled the club to redevelop the ground. Having survived off the pitch started to make progress on it when in 1975 when they were elected to the Isthmian League. In 1979 they were promoted, having finished second, to what was now called the Premier Division where they have played ever since and their first few seasons in the Premier Division saw steady progress. In 1982–83 the club finished third in the league and won the Middlesex Senior Cup, Harrow also had its furthest ever run in the FA Trophy reaching the semi finals only to lose in the second leg to the eventual winners Telford United. In 1983–84 the club won the Isthmian League championship by seventeen points, the same year saw Harrow have its greatest ever FA Cup run reaching the 2nd round proper to play Newport County who were then in Division Three. During this period the importance of ensuring the long term security of the led to Harrow turning down the financially risky promotion to the Football Conference twice. 1985 saw manager Micky Tomkys retire and a decline in the clubs fortunes followed. Under manager Harry Manoe 1993 would see Harrow do the double winning both the Middlesex Senior and Charity Cup beating Chelsea 4–1 in the finals of the latter. The early Nineties also saw an improvement in the league after the disappointing seasons previously. Since then the club have failed to match earlier league successes, in 2000 they avoided relegation by one goal, earning them the nickname Houdini Boro. In 2003 David Howell was appointed as the new boss and in 2004 Borough missed out on the opportunity to join the newly formed Conference South, losing on penalties in a play-off
Hendon Football Club is an English semi-professional football club based in West Hendon in the London Borough of Brent. The club is competing in the Ryman Isthmian Football League Premier Division. After three seasons ground-sharing at Harrow Borough F. C. ’s Earlsmead Stadium in South Harrow, Hendon began season 2016-17 at a new stadium, Silver Jubilee Park in West Hendon. Prior to the founding of the present club, there was a club with the same name which appeared in the FA Cup between 1877 and 1887. One of the clubs players, Charles Plumpton Wilson made two appearances for England in 1884. At the start of the 1909–10 season the club were renamed Hampstead Town and they also won Division Two at the first attempt, earning promotion to the First Division, which they won in 1911–12. The club then joined the London League and Middlesex League, before being elected to the Athenian League in 1914, however, the 1914–15 season was postponed due to World War I. In 1926 the club was renamed Hampstead, before becoming Golders Green in 1933, in 1946 the club adopted its current name. In 1952–53 the club won its first Athenian League title, in 1954–55 they reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup, losing 2–0 to Bishop Auckland. They went on to win the Athenian League title again in 1955–56, a third Athenian League title was achieved in 1960–61. In 1963 the club switched to the Isthmian League, and have remained in the division since. In 1964–65 the club won the Isthmian League and Amateur Cup double and they reached the final of the Cup again the following season, but lost 3–1 to Wealdstone. After winning their third Amateur Cup with a 2–0 win against Enfield in 1971–72, the following season they reached the third round of the FA Cup, where they drew Newcastle United. After holding Newcastle to a 1–1 draw at St James Park, in 1975–76 the club defeated a Football League club for the first time, beating Reading 1–0 in the first round, before losing to Swindon Town in the second round. At the end of the 2005–06 season the finished in the relegation zone. In 2008–09 the club left its Claremont Road ground, initially groundsharing at nearby non-League clubs, over the summer of 2010, the club was bought out by the Hendon FC Supporters Trust, an Industrial and Provident Society. Until 26 September 2009, Hendon played in the suburb of Cricklewood, within the London Borough of Barnet, at a ground known by the local road name. The ground was opened on 18 September 1926 before an FA Cup tie with Berkhamsted
Kingstonian Football Club is an English semi-professional football club based in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames which currently plays in the Isthmian League Premier Division. The club play at Kingsmeadow in Kingston-upon-Thames, which has been their home since 1989 and they share the ground with AFC Wimbledon, who purchased the lease of Kingsmeadow in 2003. Kingstonian Football Club was founded in 1885 by the Young Mans Christian Association, named Kingston & Surbiton YMCA, there was a split before the start of the 1908-1909 season which damaged the club, the two clubs were named Old Kingstonians and Kingston-on-Thames A. F. C. After period of quiet during World War I, the two clubs re-united and joined the Athenian League in 1919, named Kingstonian, in 1929, their application to join the Isthmian League was accepted, and they have competed there to the present day. Kingstonian was formed in autumn 1885, under the name Kingston & Surbiton YMCA, in the period, rugby was the dominant sport in the town, but the Young Mens Christian Association was unable to support a rugby club. This influenced their decision to create a club to play Football under Association rules, the new club played their first fixture on 28 November 1885 losing 3–1 to Surbiton Hill with home games played at Bushey Park before moving to the Spring grove the following season. Over the two years the club played friendly matches against other football teams in the region. In 1887 the club changed its name to Saxons FC and opened up its membership to players who were not also members of the YMCA, the club however maintained its links to the YMCA and only allowed YMCA members to serve on the decision making committee. As non YMCA members were not allowed to serve on the committee this would have meant Carn also resigning his duties with the club, the members decided however to sever links with the YMCA which allowed Carn to continue. At the same time the club moved to a ground in Oil Mill Lane. At the clubs general meeting in 1890, the secretary at the time, William G. Carn. His proposal was successful, and the club became Kingston Wanderers F. C. in the 1890–91 season, the clubs first season as Kingston Wanderers also heralded a change of home ground to the Fairfield Recreation Ground. In the Summer of 1893, the clubs of Kingston considered a proposal to amalgamate. On 13 September 1893, the changed its name to Kingston-on-Thames A. F. C. They entered the Surrey Junior Cup affiliated to the Surrey Football Association, the first competitive match in Kingstons history was in November 1893 and resulted in a loss, after a replayed game, to Hampton Court & East Molesey F. C. When Kingston-on-Thames ventured into the Surrey Senior Cup in 1894, the heaviest loss of the club to date was recorded, the club re-entered the Surrey Junior Cup and in 1896 joined the Kingston and District League as founder members. In their first season, they won the league but lost the Surrey Junior Cup 2–1 in the final, the club also underwent several ground changes during this period and from 1898-1899 season spent 3 years at Dinton Road before one season playing at Lower Marsh Lane in 1901-1902 season. In 1902-1903 they made a move to Thorpe Road which was virtually on the site of the Richmond Road ground that was to become their home for much of the Twentieth Century
Leatherhead Football Club is a football club based in Leatherhead, Surrey, England. The club is nicknamed The Tanners and plays home at Fetcham Grove and they play in the Isthmian League Premier Division. The club is affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association and is a FA Charter Standard club The club was founded in 1907 as Leatherhead Rose, in 1909 they joined the Dorking and district league and won league at the first attempt. Leatherhead also had another local club Leatherhead United who were formed in 1924, United also finished third Premier League in the 1928–29 season, behind Leatherhead Rose who were runners-up. In the early 1930s Fetcham Grove based United joined the Surrey Junior League and this enabled United to join the Surrey Intermediate League but were relegated after a few season at the end of the 1936–37 campaign. After the Second World War officials of the two Clubs met and on May 27,1946 Leatherhead Football Club was officially formed at a public meeting, the two clubs pooled their financial resources and selected United’s Fetcham Grove ground to be used as their home pitch. The club then joined the Surrey Senior League for the start of the 1946–47 season and they won the Surrey Senior League four times in a row and left the league to join the Metropolitan & District League for the 1950–51 season. The next season they became founding members of the Delphian League, the team played in the Delphian league for seven seasons before joining the Corinthian League. At the end of their first season in Division one they were promoted to the Premier Division as Champions, the club reached the semi-finals of the FA Amateur Cup in 1969, losing to eventual winners Skelmersdale United, and again in 1971, falling to Ilford. The hero of this era was “Nobby” Skinner, noted for his ability to poach a goal out of nothing, after these cup runs further progress was made in the league when the club joined the Isthmian League for the start of the 1972–73 season. In the Fourth Round they were drawn against 1st Division Leicester City at home and it remains the furthest the club has ever reached in the competition. Leicester Citys fitness and class eventually told as the team fought back to win 3–2 in the second half. At the height of the success, Kelly appeared on national television, including Match of the Day, Nationwide. He achieved immortality when, later in the year, his featured in the TV comedy Porridge on the back of a copy of The Sun. The following year another budding FA Cup run saw Leatherhead beat Cambridge United, managed by Ron Atkinson, in 1978, the side reached the final of the FA Trophy, played at Wembley, only to lose 3–1 to Altrincham. The Tanners also reached the FA Cup first round in 1980, seven seasons later the club finished as Runners-up in Division two and gained promotion to Division one at the end of the 1996–97 season. However the club could only stay four seasons in one before being relegated to division two at the end of the 2000–01 season. A season later upon the league re-organisation they were placed in Division One South
Leiston Football Club is an English football club based in Leiston, Suffolk. The club are members of the Isthmian League Premier Division as of the 2016-17 season. They reached the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup in 1892,1897 and 1904, losing on each occasion, in 1894 they joined the North Suffolk League, which they played in until 1909. In 1900 they also joined the Ipswich & District League and were champions in their first three seasons, in 1904 they transferred to the South East Anglian League, but left in 1907 before rejoining in 1911. Between 1912 and 1914 they also played in the Ipswich & District League, after World War I the club was reformed as Leiston Works Athletic and rejoined the Ipswich & District League and the East Anglian League. In 1920 they left the EAL and joined the Essex & Suffolk Border League, at the end of the 1920–21 season they left both the IDL and ESBL to join the Norfolk & Suffolk League before rejoining the IDL in 1926. After finishing bottom of the table in 1934–35 they were reformed as Leiston and they won all seventeen league matches in 1937–38 and were promoted to Division One after defeating Division 2A winners Manningtree Rovers in a play-off. In 1948 they rejoined the Norfolk & Suffolk League, but transferred back to the Ipswich & District League in 1953, after finishing bottom of the Senior Division in 1981–82 they were relegated, and the following season finished below local side Leiston St Margarets. However, they did win the Junior Cup, retaining it in 1983–84 when they won the Division One title and were promoted back to the Senior Division. They then spent several years as a yo yo club as they were relegated in 1988–89, promoted back in 1989–90, relegated again in 1991–92, after finishing third in 2000–01 they stepped up to Division One of the Eastern Counties League. In 2003–04, they finished third, and were promoted to the Premier Division, in the same season they beat Brentwood Town on penalties to win the East Anglian Cup. In the 2008–09 season the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time after beating Conference club Lewes 3–1 in a replay, in the first round, the club was drawn at home to Conference North club Fleetwood Town. After drawing 0–0 in front of a crowd of 1,250. In 2010–11 Leiston won the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One North of the Isthmian League, in 2011–12 Leiston won the Isthmian League Division One North, achieving back-to-back promotions, moving up to the Isthmian League Premier Division. Leiston initially played at the old Recreation Ground, today known as Park Hill, in 1921 they moved to their current ground on Victory Road, then known as the Leiston Works Athletic Association, after Garretts bought the ground. It was later renamed the Leiston Town Athletic Association
Lowestoft Town F.C.
Lowestoft Town Football Club is an English semi-professional football club from Lowestoft, Suffolk. The club was formed in 1887 by the merger of East Suffolk and their home ground is the Crown Meadow, and their home colours is all blue with white trims. The club currently compete in the Isthmian League Premier Division as of the 2016-17 season, the club was established in 1887 as Lowestoft F. C. by a merger of East Suffolk and the original Kirkley, and were renamed Lowestoft Town in 1890. They reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup in 1900, losing the final 5–1 to Bishop Auckland, in the 1926-27 season they reached the first round of the FA Cup the first time, losing 10–1 at Watford. They won the Norfolk & Suffolk League again in 1928–29 and 1930–31, in 1935 the club merged with another incarnation of Kirkley, and joined the new Eastern Counties League. They shared the first championship with Harwich & Parkeston, before winning it outright in 1937–38, the following season they won the League Cup with a 4–1 win over Colchester Town reserves, and also reached the first round of the FA Cup losing 6–0 at Swindon Town. They won the League Cup again in 1955, and after turning semi-professional in 1962, dominated the league during the 1960s, winning the championship in 1962–63 and finishing runners-up in 1963–64. They then won four championships, before finishing second in 1968–69. They also reached the first round of the FA Cup in 1966–67, losing 2–1 at home to Orient, and again the following season, when they lost 1–0 at home to Watford. They won the league again in 2005–06, and in 2008 reached the final of the FA Vase, where they lost 2–1 to Kirkham & Wesham. The following season won the Premier Division of the Eastern Counties League again, together with the Suffolk Premier Cup. They won the league at the first attempt to earn promotion to the Premier Division, also reaching the first round of the FA Cup, in their first season in the Premier Division they finished fourth and reached the play-off final, where they lost 4–3 at Tonbridge Angels. In 2011–12 the club reached the final again after finishing third. The club also reached the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup, in 2012–13 Lowestoft reached the play-off final for the third consecutive season after finishing as runners-up, this time losing 2–1 at home to Concord Rangers. After finishing fourth the season, the club finally earned promotion to the Football Conference North. The Lowestoft Town Reserves team play in the Reserves Premier Division section of the Eastern Counties League after joining the league in the 2012-13 season, the team finished their first season in 7th position. Lowestoft Towns club colours are all blue with white strips and the second choice kit, usually when away from home, is all white with blue. The club badge is the town crest of Lowestoft, Lowestoft originally played at the Crown Meadow Athletics Ground, which shared part of the same site as the modern Crown Meadow
Margate Football Club, originally called Margate Town, is an English football team based in the seaside resort of Margate, Kent. They currently play in the National League South, the tier of English football. The club was known for a number of years during the 1980s as Thanet United, the club was founded in 1896 and joined the Southern Football League in 1933. The team, nicknamed The Gate, have to date reached the third round proper of Englands premier cup competition, on the second of these occasions they played Tottenham Hotspur, a First Division team and the reigning UEFA Cup holders. This ground became known as the Hall-by-the-Sea Ground, taking its name from a dance hall. After the First World War, Margate joined the Kent League, but in 1923 the league suspended the team due to financial irregularities and the club promptly folded. A year later the reformed, initially under the name Margate Town, and returned to the Kent League, still playing at Dreamland. In 1929 the club reformed again and moved to its present home at Hartsdown Park, around this time Margate signed a Dutch player, a highly unusual move in an era when it was almost unknown for Continental players to move to English clubs. Goalkeeper Gerrit Gerard Keizer, who joined the Kent club from Ajax Amsterdam, from 1934 until 1938 Margate, by now playing in the Southern League, served as the official nursery side for Arsenal. Under this arrangement the London club regularly loaned promising young players to Margate in order for them to gain match experience, star players such as Eddie Hapgood also turned out for Margate whilst regaining match fitness after injuries. After the Second World War the Gate continued to play in the Kent League under new manager Charlie Walker, who led the team to two Kent League championships but was then controversially sacked. The team slumped during a succession of managerial changes which only ended in 1950 when Almer Hall was appointed manager. Under Hall the team won a host of local cup honours and reached the proper of the FA Cup on a number of occasions. In 1959–60 Margate returned to the Southern League after the Kent League folded, two years later the club turned full-time professional but this policy proved financially untenable when the team were relegated back to Division One in 1965–66. Nonetheless, they won promotion at the first attempt and returned to the Premier Division in 1967, during the 1970s Margate endured severe financial problems and a series of mediocre league seasons, but took part in two famous FA Cup ties. In 1971 the Gate lost 11–0 to Bournemouth, with Ted MacDougall scoring a cup record nine goals, then, a year later, Margate beat Swansea City and Walton & Hersham to set up a third round tie against First Division Tottenham Hotspur, then UEFA Cup holders. A record crowd of around 14,500 packed into Hartsdown Park for a match which Margate lost 6–0. The negotiations floundered, however, and Ramsgate ultimately had no involvement in the formation of Thanet United F. C. in 1981, which turned out to be purely a name change for Margate
Merstham Football Club is a football club based in Merstham, near Redhill, in Surrey, England. They play in the Premier Division of the Isthmian League after promotion in 2015, the club is affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association. Established in 1892, the became a founder member of the Redhill. The club went on to win the Redhill and District League for the first time at the end of the 1926–27 season, in their first season in the Intermediate league they went on to win the title. The club then joined the Surrey Senior League in 1964, in the 1974–75 season the club played in their first national competition by competing in the FA Vase, losing to Horley Town in the first round. In 1978 they joined the London Spartan League and finished in place in their first two seasons. Their time in the London Spartan League also saw them make their debut in the FA Cup, in 1984 they joined the Combined Counties Football League finishing runners-up in 1987–88 and again in 1989–90. This triple success was followed with promotion to the Isthmian League Division One South, in the 2015–16 season, Merstham were promoted to the Isthmian League Premier Division. After finishing 4th in the season, they met Faversham Town in the Play-off Semi Final. In the final, they visited second-placed Folkestone Invicta, Merstham ran out 3–0 winners, winning a place in the Isthmian League Premier Division for the first time in their history. The average attendance for the stands at 201. In 2016–17 Merstham embarked on their best-ever FA Cup run, reaching the first round proper where they met League One opponents Oxford United, the Moatsiders eventually lost the game by 5 goals, although the game was more closely fought than the scoreline suggested. The game also saw the record, which previously stood at 1,587 v AFC Wimbledon on 9 November 2002. The Moatsiders welcomed 1,920 into the stadium, including 450 Oxford fans, Merstham play their home games at Moatside on Weldon Way in Merstham. Floodlights were erected in the 1990–91 season at the Weldon Way ground and were inaugurated in an official ‘Floodlight Opener’ against Crystal Palace, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Players that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Michael Gordon Julian Owusu-Bekoe Jermaine McGlashan Gavin Gordon Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level
Metropolitan Police F.C.
Metropolitan Police Football Club is the football club of the Metropolitan Police Service. While originally consisting of serving officers, this rule was removed when the Commissioner refused to sanction time off for the team. The team has not had a serving officer playing for it since 2011, and they are currently based just outside London in East Molesey, Surrey and play in the Isthmian League Premier Division. The club was formed in 1919 and played friendlies until they joined the Spartan League in 1928, the club switched to the Metropolitan League in 1960, and joined the Southern League in 1971. They joined the Isthmian Leagues newly formed Division Two in 1977 and were promoted at the first attempt, in 1982 they came close to promotion, missing out by just two points, but in 1985 were relegated back to Division Two. In 1988 they were promoted again, but 1991 saw them drop to Division Two once more. In 2004 the league was reorganised again and the Met played in Division One for two years, but in 2006 the regionalised divisions returned. In 2010, the Metropolitan Police won their first senior trophy and they finished the 2010–11 season as champions of the Isthmian League Division One South, winning the league by one goal difference over Bognor Regis Town. Metropolitan Police play their games at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey. The clubs home at Imber Court is a police sports facility which the Force acquired in 1919. Significant ground improvements, including a new stand, have taken place since the 1980s, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Players that hold a club record. C
Needham Market F.C.
Needham Market Football Club is an English football club based in Needham Market, Suffolk. The club are members of the Isthmian League Premier Division as of the 2016-17 season. Although records show the existence of a Needham Market Football Club during the late 1890s and they later moved to Crowley Park, and joined the Suffolk & Ipswich League, winning Division Two in 1946–47 and Division One in 1952–53. They won the League Cup in 1978 and again in 1980, the Suffolk Junior Cup was won in 1985, and the Suffolk Senior Cup in 1990. In 1995–96 the club won the Senior Division, and were promoted to Division One of the Eastern Counties League, the club finished runners-up in 2004–05 and were promoted to the Premier Division, winning the Senior Cup in the same season. A new record crowd of 750 was set for a Suffolk Premier Cup match against Ipswich Town reserves during the 2006–07 season, in which they also won the East Anglian Cup. The following season the club won the Suffolk Premier Cup and the League Cup, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the FA Vase, a new record attendance of 1,375 was set during the home leg. In 2009–10 the club won the Premier Division of the Eastern Counties League, in their first season in Division One, Needham finished as runners-up, but lost 3–1 at home to Brentwood Town in the play-off semi-finals. The following season the finished third and reached the play-off final. In 2014-15, they won Division One North and were promoted to the Isthmian League Premier Division for the first time, in 2013 the clubs reserve team joined Division One of the Eastern Counties League
Staines Town F.C.
Staines Town Football Club is an English football club based in Staines-upon-Thames. They will contest the 2015/16 season in the Isthmian League Premier Division, the teams nickname is The Swans. Staines Towns rivals include Ashford Town, Egham Town and Hampton & Richmond Borough. Staines Town FC was founded in 1892 and was known under names including Staines F. C. Staines Albany F. C. Staines Lagonda F. C. However prior to World War II the club re-formed as Staines Vale, in 1953 Staines Town were founder members of the Hellenic League, where they finished runners-up in 1956. In 1958 they joined the Spartan League and won the two years later. After finishing second in 1971, Staines Town advanced to the Athenian League, the club were elected to the new Isthmian League Division One in 1973. In their second season, the club finished top and were promoted to the Premier Division, in a nine-year stay, the clubs best finish was fourth. However, a ground grading ruling meant that the club were demoted in 1984, the club bounced back five years later only for its Premier Division status to be lost again in 1993 when the club were relegated for the first time in 63 years. Again the club were promoted in 1996 and again it was quickly lost, having lobbied Spelthorne Council on and off for 20 years, planning permission for a £6. 5m Conference and health facility was granted in April 2000 and finalised a year later. During construction, Staines groundshared with Walton & Hersham and Egham Town before the return to Wheatsheaf Lane on 22 February 2003, the Swans spent five seasons in this division before winning promotion to the Conference South in 2009. They had finished second in the league and therefore gained promotion through the play-offs, louis Wells saved a Carshalton penalty in the 85th minute with Scott Taylor scoring the winning goal in extra time. The 2009–10 campaign marked the Swans first ever appearance in the Conference South and they began their journey brightly, defeating Weston-Super-Mare 0–1 and Dorchester Town 3–0. A home defeat, 1–2, to Havant & Waterlooville was then followed by five consecutive draws, Two significant victories in late October 2009 were beating first place, and at the time unbeaten, Newport County 1–0 at home followed four days later beating third place Thurrock 1–2 away. On Boxing Day 2009, Staines won 4–1 away to rivals Hampton and Richmond Borough, following this up by beating them 4–0 at the Wheatsheaf on New Years Day 2010, steve Cordery was named the Conference South manager of the month for January,2010. Despite a magnificent February and March when Staines Town were in the play-off places, the club have reached the FA Cup first round proper on six occasions, in 1879,1880,1984,2007,2009 and 2015. In 2007 Staines were drawn away against League Two outfit Stockport County, a crowd of 3,460 saw Staines go behind to a Matty McNeil header but a 76th-minute equaliser from Charles-Smith earned a replay. It was announced on 12 November that the replay would be shown on Sky Sports, Staines Town completed the improbable upset as they won the match in penalty kicks after drawing 1–1 in extra time, after having taken the lead in the eighth minute with an Adrian Toppin goal
Thurrock Football Club is an English football club based in Aveley, Thurrock, Essex. Known as Purfleet until 2003, the club are members of the Isthmian League Division One North. Purfleet F. C. were established in April 1985 and entered the Reserve Division of the Essex Senior League in 1985 and spent one season in that division before joining the first-team league. After finishing third and winning the cup in their first season, they won the league and cup double in 1987–88. They finished as runners-up in their first season and were promoted to Division One, however, the following season they were relegated back to Division Two North after finishing second from bottom. In 1991–92 the club won the division, and were promoted to Division One, Two seasons later they finished second, and were promoted to the Premier Division. In the clubs first season in the new league, they qualified for the promotion play-offs but were knocked out by Eastbourne Borough, however, they did win the Essex Senior Cup for a second successive season. In 2008–09 the club finished in the zone, but were reprieved after Team Bath resigned from the league. Thurrock announced manager Robbie Garvey resigned following the defeat against fellow Conference strugglers Staines Town on 5 December 2011. Lee Goodwin and Grant Gordon took charge of the team on a match by match basis until a new manager was appointed, Thurrock were relegated at the end of the season, finishing bottom of the Conference South. The three points were deducted after the season ended despite the offence taking place in August leading to a legal dispute. 2013–14 saw Thurrock fall short of the play-offs on the very last game of the season, a 2–1 defeat to Tilbury combined with Needham Market beating Chatham Town 7–1 saw Needham Market take the last play-off place on goal difference. Thurrock went one better in 2014–15 finishing in fifth place and they went on to beat Harlow Town 4–3 after extra time in the play-off semi final but were beaten 5–0 by Brentwood Town in the final. In 2015-2016 Thurrock once more made the play-offs taking league runners-up position but were beaten 2-0 by AFC Hornchurch in the semi final. The club has played at Ship Lane since their establishment in April 1985, at first the ground was a part of the Thurrock Hotel complex, and initially consisted of two pitches and dressing rooms in the main hotel building. Due to this set-up the club could only compete at Junior level, the playing area was turned around 90° to make one full pitch and dressing rooms were built so the club could become a separate entity. Floodlights were erected in January 1988 after planning permission was accepted from Thurrock Council to add these features as well as a grandstand, as of 1 March 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Tonbridge Angels F.C.
Tonbridge Angels Football Club is an English football club who play at Longmead Stadium in Tonbridge, Kent, since moving from the Angel Ground in 1980. The club were promoted to the Conference South after beating Lowestoft Town 4–3 in the final of the Isthmian League Premier Division in the 2010–11 season. They were relegated back to the Isthmian League in 2014 where they compete as of the 2016-17 season, notable ex-players include England international Malcolm Macdonald, Aston Villas league championship winning manager Ron Saunders and former England manager Roy Hodgson. The club took out a lease on the Angel Ground, formerly the home of Kent County Cricket Club and named after the nearby hotel, hence Tonbridge FC became known as The Angels. A crowd of around 5,000 turned up for the opening league fixture against fellow newcomers Hastings United but the match was lost 2–1. Throughout the 1950s the Angels would struggle to make any progress in the Southern League and a peak of 11th place was reached in 1949–50, however, Tonbridge would prove to be a strong side in cup competitions. In 1949–50, the reached the semi-finals of the Southern League Cup. In three successive seasons, 1950–51, 1951–52 and 1952–53, Tonbridge reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, the Angels opponents were Chelmsford City, Aldershot and Norwich City respectively. The Aldershot tie at the Angel Ground saw an attendance of 8,236, while the Norwich City game was shrouded in controversy. The first trophy to be lifted came in 1951/52 with the Angels winning the Kent Senior Shield, Tonbridge would go on to win this trophy a further four times, in 1956,1958,1959 and 1964. Two Southern League Cup finals were reached and lost, beaten in 1954–55 by Yeovil Town, the club were relegated from the Premier Division in 1961–62, but were promoted two seasons later finishing in 4th place after narrowly missing out the year before. However the club were relegated back to Division One in 1965–66. The notable success of the 1960s was the achievement of reaching the First Round Proper for a fourth time, the club also won the Kent Senior Cup for the first time in 1964–65. In 1972–73 the Angels won promotion to the Premier Division by finishing as runners-up to Maidstone United, in the same season the First Round Proper of the FA Cup was reached once again as Charlton Athletic were the visitors to the Angel Ground. A crowd of 7,770 saw Charlton win 5–0, Tonbridge won the Kent Senior Cup in 1974–75 while managed by former World Cup winner George Cohen. After struggling to stay in the Premier Division, the club suffered financial troubles, Tonbridge Angels FC was then formed and allowed to complete the fixture list on the understanding that relegation would result at the end of the 1975–76 season, wherever the club finished. Another major problem loomed soon after, the clubs landlords, the local council, wanted the Angel Ground for development. A battle lasting up to three years went as far as the High Courts ensued before the club was eventually offered a new ground at Longmead
Tooting & Mitcham United F.C.
Tooting & Mitcham United Football Club is a semi-professional association football club based in the London Borough of Merton and playing at Imperial Fields in Morden. Their nickname is the Terrors or occasionally Stripes or the Jail birds, the club currently plays in Division One South of the Isthmian League having been relegated from the leagues Premier Division after finishing 21st in the 2011/12 season. In the 2012/13 season the club finished 16th in Division One South, in 1932, Tooting FC and Mitcham Wanderers FC quite literally united to become the modern club representing the two areas. Their merger had been mooted for two previously, but it was only after it became clear that the area couldnt host two competitive teams that anything happened to advance it. Originally playing in white shirts, in 1956 the broad black, the club has reached the FA Cup proper on 10 occasions, the last time being the 2009–10 season. It has also won the Isthmian League twice, in 1958 and 1960, other honours include the Surrey Senior Cup and the London Senior Cup which the club has won six times. Forest won the replay 3–0 in front of a crowd of 42,362, a British Pathe newsreel features this game. Alex Stepney, who was born in Mitcham in 1942, joined the club in 1961, in 1963 he signed for Millwall and later played for Chelsea, Manchester United and England. Dario Gradi, who spent more than twenty four years as manager of Crewe Alexandra, Tooting enjoyed a more sustained period of FA Cup glory in the 1970s. The game was played at Tooting’s tiny Sandy Lane ground on 27 November 1974, attendance figure from The Times, via The Times Digital Archive 1785–1985. A Crystal Palace side which included Terry Venables, Peter Taylor, Tooting’s goal was scored by Steve Grubb. In 1975-76, Tooting went three steps further reaching the fourth round proper, the last 32 and they beat Romford 1-0 in the first round proper and Leatherhead 2-1 after a replay in the second. In the third round they triumphed over Football League opposition defeating Swindon Town of Football League Division 3, after a 2-2 draw at Swindon, Tooting won 2-1 at Sandy Lane with goals from Dave Juneman and Alan Ives. On 24 January 1976, the team and its supporters made the journey to Bradford City of Football League Division 4. Although they did get on the scoresheet through Dave Juneman, they went down 3-1, after the game, Bradford City’s Don Hutchins, who scored two of his side’s goals, said he thought ‘the game was tougher than Rotherham and Shrewsbury’. ‘Tooting put up a good fight, in 2000–01 Keith Boanas led the club to the Isthmian League Second Division title, before leaving to manage Charlton Athletic Ladies. In the Isthmian League First Division, the club were managed by Richard Cadette, whose lengthy list of clubs include Falkirk, Millwall. The team played a consistent first half of the 2005–06 season but injuries
Wingate & Finchley F.C.
Wingate & Finchley Football Club is an English football club based in Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet. The club are members of the Premier Division of the Isthmian League. Their previous manager was former Hillingdon Borough manager Gary Meakin who arrived as manager in November 2012 from Southern Football League side Northwood, the club was established in 1991 by a merger of Finchley and Wingate, who parted their company with Leyton. In 1994–95 they finished second in the league and joined Division Three of the Isthmian League, after a second-place finish in 1998–99 they were promoted to Division Two, but were relegated back to Division Three at the end of the following season. After league reorganisation they were placed in Division One North for the 2002–03 season, the club later returned to Division One North of the Isthmian League. In 2009–10 they finished third, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, the following season the club won the Isthmian League Cup and the London Senior Cup, and finished third again. After beating Harlow Town in the play-off semi-finals, they defeated Brentwood Town 3–2 after extra time in the final, earning promotion to the Premier Division - and securing an historic Treble. The club finished mid-table in its first season in the Premier Division, in 2013–14, the club were relegated on goal difference behind East Thurrock United despite a final day 5-0 victory. However the drama did not end there, as the resignation of Worksop Town from the Northern Premier League gave Wingate & Finchley a much welcomed reprieve from relegation, the club finished the 2015–16 season in 13th position on 60 points. One of Wingate & Finchleys predecessor clubs, Wingate, was established in order to aim to combat anti-semitism, the original Wingate club was named after Orde Wingate, who had been involved in training the Haganah, the precursor to the Israeli Defense Forces. Wingate & Finchley play their games at The Maurice Rebak Stadium, Summers Lane, Finchley, London. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Worthing Football Club are an English association football club based in Worthing, West Sussex, currently playing in the Isthmian League Premier Division. The club plays at Woodside Road, the club was formed as Worthing Association Football Club in February 1886 and played friendlies and Sussex Senior Cup ties for the first few years of their existence. In 1896 the club became founding members of the West Sussex Football League, during their time in the West Sussex league they were league champions on seven occasions. In May 1900 the club absorbed local rivals Worthing Athletic and a year moved to its current home, then known as the Sports Ground. In 1905 another rival team, Worthing Rovers, was also absorbed, the clubs intriguing nickname of The Rebels dates from when it resigned from the West Sussex League over a rule change, prior to becoming a founder member of the Sussex County League in 1920. Previously Worthing had been known as The Mackerel Men, a reference to the fish on the club crest, in 1948–49 Worthing joined the Corinthian League but met with little success. They were relegated at the end of the 2006–07 season, the club then reached the play-offs under manager Alan Pook two seasons in a row, losing both matches without scoring a goal. Unknown young manager, Simon Colbran then took the helm and soon became a favourite as the Rebels topped the league for much of Autumn. Despite several budget cuts, the Rebels finished third and narrowly missed out in the play offs at home to Godalming, former Brighton & Hove Albion player Adam Hinshelwood was appointed Worthing manager in December 2013 and lost his first game away at Burgess Hill 4–1. In January 2015 the playing budget at the club was completely cut, the future of the club looked in serious doubt until March 2015 when local football enthusiast George Dowell became the majority shareholder in the club with plans to invest in various areas. On 10 June 2015, Hinshelwood resigned from the club to take up a coaching post at Brighton & Hove Albion. He was replaced by assistant manager Jon Meeney and 29-year-old defender Gary Elphick, in 2016, Worthing were promoted to the Isthmian League Premier Division via the play-off, having finished the 2015-16 season in third place in the southern division. Player-manager Gary Elphick was on the scoresheet in the play-off final, known as the Pavilion Road Sports Ground, it occupied a 13-acre site, with a Queen Anne style pavilion giving its name to Pavilion Road along the south of the site. Worthing FC moved to the ground in 1903, in 1937 the Sports Ground closed and it is the sites northern portion which developed into the existing stadium. The southern portion of the Sports Ground became tennis courts and then in 1948 became home to Worthing Pavilion Bowls Club, at the end of 1984–85 Woodside Roads main stand burnt down. The ground has also been home to Horsham and Brighton & Hove Albions reserve team after the closure of the Goldstone Ground in 1997, June 2015 saw a 3G pitch installed to replace the turf, among a number of improvements around the ground. This included a complete re-refurbishment of the club, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level
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
Sudbury is a semi-professional association football club based in Sudbury, Suffolk, England. The club was formed in 1999 by the merger of Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers, Sudbury won the Eastern Counties League Premier Division five seasons in a row and reached the final of the FA Vase three years in a row, both records for the respective competitions. Their home ground is the Kings Marsh Stadium in the Ballingdon-Brundon area of Sudbury, the club currently play in the Premier Division of the Isthmian League as of the 2016-17 season. Sudbury was formed on 1 June 1999 by the amalgamation of the two previous clubs, Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers. In their debut season, 1999–2000, Sudbury finished in place in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division. The following five seasons all resulted in Sudbury winning the Premier Division title – a league record, Sudbury did not take promotion at any of these opportunities, despite being entitled to. In this period Sudbury had a series of performances in national cup competitions. In 2000–01 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup and they reached the semi-final of the 2001–02 FA Vase, before being knocked out by Tiptree United. The following three seasons saw Sudbury reaching the final year, but being defeated every time, by Brigg Town in 2003, Winchester City in 2004. However, the club did win the Suffolk Premier Cup three times, in 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04, the financial constraints of owning two grounds led the board not to apply for promotion until the beginning of the 2005–06 season. Potential legal action from the Northern Premier League nearly scuppered this move, the management team of Gary Harvey and Michael Cheetham, who took the team up, both resigned before the season could begin, citing work and family commitments, respectively. New manager Mark Morsley was appointed in May 2006, signed from Needham Market, sudburys first season at this level saw the club finish in fifth place, qualifying them for the promotion play-offs. After beating Enfield Town in the semi-final, Sudbury lost to Harlow Town in a penalty shoot-out, Sudbury again qualified for the play-offs in 2007–08, finishing second in the table, but were defeated in the semi-final by eventual winners Canvey Island. In the close-season manager Morsley resigned, and was replaced by his assistant Nicky Smith, Sudbury were moved into the Southern League Division One Midlands for 2008–09 following a restructuring of the English football pyramid. After two seasons of mid-table finishes the club was moved back to the Isthmian League Division One North for 2010–11, Smith resigned in September 2011 and was replaced by his assistant Chris Tracey. At the start of the 2013–14, Sudbury appointed Wroxham manager David Batch as their new manager, after Chris Tracey left the club, Sudbury reached the final of the Isthmian League Cup in April 2014, but lost 3–0 away to Maidstone United. Batch left to join St Neots Town at the end of 2014, Godbold led the club to a third-place finish and qualification for the play-offs, where they were defeated by Brentwood Town in the semi-final. The following season Sudbury won the division with three games to spare, earning promotion to the Premier Division, in the teams second season in Division One they won the First Division Knock-Out Cup, after beating Great Yarmouth Town 1–0
Aveley Football Club are a football club based in Aveley, Essex, England. The club are members of Division One North of the Isthmian League. The club was established in 1927 and played in local leagues until World War II, in 1946 they joined the Thurrock Combination League, and went on to win the Essex Junior Cup in 1948 and 1949. In 1949 the club joined Division Two of the London League and they finished fourth in their first season, and were promoted to Division One. The following season they won Division One, but were not promoted to the Premier Division, however, despite finishing ninth in 1952–53, they were promoted. After finishing seventh, then third in their first two seasons in the Premier Division, they won the division in 1954–55, in 1957 the club switched to the Delphian League, finishing as runners-up in their first season. When the league folded in 1963 they joined Division Two of the Athenian League, after finishing second in 1968–69, the club was promoted to Division One. They won the Division One title in 1970–71, earning promotion to the Premier Division, in 1973 Aveley joined Division Two of the Isthmian League, which became Division One in 1977. They won the Essex Thameside Trophy in 1979–80 and the Hornchurch Charity Cup in 1982–83, in 1985–86 they finished bottom of the division, and were relegated to Division Two North. After finishing second in 1989–90, a season in which also became the first club from the bottom division to win the League Cup. Although they finished fourth in their first season back in Division One, the finished bottom of the division the following season. However, in 1992–93 they finished bottom again and were relegated to Division Two, in 1994–95 the club were relegated to Division Three, where they remained until 2002, when league reorganisation saw them placed in Division One North. Aveley were transferred to Division One East of the Southern League in 2004 and they won the division in 2008–09, and were promoted to the Premier Division. After finishing third in Isthmian League under manager Rod Stringer, the club lost in the promotion play-off semi-finals to eventual winners Boreham Wood, in 2011–12 the club were relegated back to Division One North after finishing third-from-bottom. In their first season in Division One they finished fifth and qualified for the promotion play-offs and they lost 3–1 to Maldon & Tiptree in the semi-finals. The club played at Lodge Meadow until moving to Mill Field in the 1951–52 season, the new ground was opened with a local derby match against Grays Athletic. A 400-seat wooden stand was erected in 1957, with terracing installed on either side from earlier in the 1950s, a covered stand was installed at around the same time, having been bought for £100 from Grays, who had previously used it at their Recreation Ground. Floodlights were installed in 1967, with Grays again the visitors for the first match played under them, the ground currently has a capacity of 4,000, of which 400 is seated and covered
Barking Football Club is a football club based in Barking, Greater London, England. They are currently members of the Essex Senior League and play at Mayesbrook Park in Dagenham, in 1912 Barking became founder members of the Athenian League, but withdrew after only two matches and their record was expunged. In 1919 the club changed its name to Barking Town, going on to win the Essex Senior Cup in the 1919–20 season, the following season they won the Premier Division of the London League and the London Senior Cup, before rejoining the Athenian League in 1923. The 1926–27 season saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup and they also reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup, where they lost 3–1 to Leyton, but did win the London Senior Cup for a third time. They reached the first round of the FA Cup again in 1928–29, in 1932 they reverted to the name Barking, and in 1934–35 won the Athenian League title. Following World War II, Barking won the 1945–46 Essex Senior Cup, in 1952 they switched to the Isthmian League, but had to wait until 1978–79 before winning the league again, during that period they won further Essex Senior Cup titles in 1962–63 and 1969–70. The following season reached the second round again, defeating Third Division Oxford United before losing 3–1 to Reading. In 1981–82 they took Gillingham to a replay in the second round and their last appearance in the second round came in 1983–84, when they lost 2–1 at Plymouth Argyle. A seventh Essex Senior Cup final win was achieved in 1989–90 and they remained in the Isthmian League Premier Division until relegation to Division One at the end of the 1990–91 season. After finishing bottom in 1995–96 the club was relegated to Division Two, in 2001 Barking ceased to exist when they merged with East Ham United to form Barking & East Ham United. However, when the new club folded in 2006, Barking were re-established and joined the Essex Senior League, Barking Institute originally played at the Recreation Ground in Barking Park, before moving to Vicarage Field, which had been in use by Barking Rovers since 1884. Floodlights were installed in 1958 and they were the first Isthmian League club to play a match under lights. In 1973 the club were forced to leave the ground by the council, players Barking F. C. managers Official website
Bowers & Pitsea F.C.
Bowers & Pitsea Football Club is a football club based in Pitsea, Essex, England. The club are members of the Isthmian League Division One North. The club was established in 1946 by Bert Salmon as Bowers United and initially played in the Thurrock, the club won the league in 1958–59, and became founder members of the Essex Olympian League in 1966, before moving up to the Essex Senior League in 1974. In 1980–81 the club won the league, and the season saw them win the League Challenge Cup. They won the Harry Fisher Trophy in 1991–92, before going on to win the league, in 2004 they absorbed Pitsea Football Club, adopting their current name. Pitsea had played in the Vange & District Sunday League and the Basildon Sunday League, winning the treble in 1994–95 and 1995–96. In 2014–15 the club won the Challenge Cup for a third time, the following season saw them win the league, earning promotion to Division One North of the Isthmian League. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase, losing 4–3 on aggregate to eventual winners Morpeth Town, the club were originally based at what later became Pitsea Market, before moving to Gun Meadow. When the A13 was built, the Gun Meadow ground was subject to a purchase order. The ground currently has a capacity of 2,000, of which 200 is seated and 1,000 covered. C, players Bowers & Pitsea F. C. managers Official website
Brentwood Town F.C.
Brentwood Town Football Club is a football club based in Brentwood, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League Division One North and they were later replaced as the towns main club by amateur club Brentwood & Warley. Brentwood & Warley joined Division One East of the Spartan League in 1928, League reorganisation at the end of the 1928–29 season saw them placed in the Premier Division, where they remained until leaving the league at the end of the 1933–34 season. They rejoined the league in 1948, and were runners-up in 1948–49, in 1951 they were founder members of the Delphian League and were its inaugural champions. The club went on to win the league again in 1958–59, in 1963 they joined Division Two of the Athenian League in 1963 after the Delphian League was disbanded. In 1965 the club turned professional and became Brentwood Town, Playing at the Hive on Ongar Road, the renamed club left the amateur Athenian League to join the Metropolitan League. After two third-place finishes and a League Cup win in 1966–67, the club moved up to Division One of the Southern League in 1967, in 1968–69 they won Division One, and were promoted to the Premier Division. In the same season the club reached the second round of the FA Cup. The following season the club reached the round of the cup. They beat Football League club Reading 1–0 in the first round, the third round saw them drawn at home against Northampton Town, with a record crowd of over 4,000 seeing the club lose 1–0. In the league the club topped the table in September. However, at the end of the season the directors decided to merge the club with Chelmsford City. The clubs ground was sold for housing, after Brentwood Town were dissolved, Manor Athletic changed their name to Brentwood Athletic. Manor Athletic had been established in 1954, and joined the Essex Olympian League in 1967, in 1974 the club was renamed again, becoming simply Brentwood, and joined the Essex Senior League. In 2004 the club adopted its current name, after winning the Essex Senior League for the second time in 2006–07, and also winning the League Cup, the club was promoted to Division One North of the Isthmian League. In 2008–09 they finished third and qualified for the promotion play-offs, in 2010–11 the club finished fifth and qualified for the play-offs again. After defeating Needham Market 3–1 in the semi-finals, they lost 3–2 to Wingate & Finchley in the final, however, the following season saw them finish in the relegation zone, resulting in relegation back to Division One North. Manor Athletic played at King Georges Playing Fields until moving to Larkins Playing Field in 1957, in 1992 they were required to leave the ground in order to maintain senior status, and groundshared at East Thurrock Uniteds Rookery Hill
Bury Town F.C.
Bury Town Football Club is a semi-professional football club, based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. The club are members of the Isthmian League Division One North. The club was established by William Lake at a meeting in the Suffolk Hotel in 1872, initially named Bury St Edmunds Football Club, the first committee of the club elected to choose royal blue as the clubs colours. In 1885 they were one of founder members of the Suffolk FA. In 1895 the clubs reverted to Bury St Edmunds, then to Bury United in 1908. The club joined the Norfolk & Suffolk League in 1899, and they subsequently became members of the South East Anglian League in 1904 and finished bottom of the league in 1905–06. They rejoined the Norfolk & Suffolk League in 1920, leaving again in 1929, during this time they also played in the Essex & Suffolk Border League. In 1935 the club moved into football by becoming founder members of the Eastern Counties League. They gained their first honour when they won the Suffolk Senior Cup in 1936–37, 1937–38 saw the club achieve its best pre-war league position of runners-up, before the competition was suspended due to the outbreak of World War II. Bury Town won the Suffolk Senior Cup for the time in 1945 before resuming league action in 1946. In 1958–59 Bury Town became the first ever winners of the Suffolk Premier Cup and this success prompted the club to join the Metropolitan League in 1964 when once again, they won the Suffolk Premier Cup. In 1967–68 the Blues won the Metropolitan League Cup for the only time, the 1970–71 season was the clubs last in the Metropolitan League when they finished as runners-up and also lifted the Suffolk Premier Cup for the eighth occasion. In 1971 the club switched to the Southern League but poor results prompted a return to the Eastern Counties League in 1976, a year later they won the Suffolk Premier Cup again. In 1986–87, which proved to be Bury Towns last season in the Eastern Counties League, the Blues were drawn away to Football Conference leaders Enfield and forced a 0–0 draw before 842 spectators. A record crowd of over 2,500 saw the win the replay at Ram Meadow. In 1987 Bury rejoined the Southern League and experienced mixed fortunes in the Southern Division, the 1995–96 season saw the club accepting a transfer across to the Midland Division. After completion of one season in the Midland Division, Bury Town were relegated back to the Eastern Counties League. Despite relegation Bury won the Suffolk Premier Cup, beating Woodbridge Town in the final, the following season saw the club finish second in the league again, allowing them promotion to Division One North of the Isthmian League, as well as reaching the semi-final of the FA Vase
Canvey Island F.C.
Canvey Island Football Club is a football club based in Canvey Island, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League Premier Division and play at Park Lane, the club was established in 1926 and initially played in the Southend & District League. They later joined the Thurrock Combination, winning the League Cup in 1952–53, in 1957 the club joined the Parthenon League, finishing bottom of the league in their first season. The following season saw them finish sixth and win the League Cup, r, in 1963 they switched to the London League, joining the reformed Division One. In 1964 the league merged with the Aetolian League to form the Greater London League, in 1967–68 they were Division One champions and won the League Cup, retaining both titles the following season. In 1971 the Greater London League merged with the Metropolitan League to form the Metropolitan–London League, when the league merged with the Spartan League in 1975 they joined the Essex Senior League. They were runners-up in 1978–79 and won the League Cup the following season and they won the league for the first time in 1986–87. Their first season in Division Three saw them finish as runners-up, the club went on to win Division Two the following season, resulting in promotion to Division One. They also reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, in the second round the club were drawn at home to near-neighbours Third Division Southend United, in a game switched to Southends Roots Hall, they lost 2–1. However, the clubs biggest success came in the FA Trophy, in the final the club beat favourites Forest Green Rovers 1–0, becoming the first team from the Isthmian League to win the competition for 20 years. The following season saw them finish as Premier Division runners-up again, after winning 1–0 against Football League clubs Wigan Athletic and Northampton Town in both the first and second round, they lost 4–1 at Burnley in the third round. In 2002–03 Canvey Island finished as Premier Division runners-up for a consecutive season. The season had seen them reach the FA Cup first round for a third time and the FA Trophy final. Another first round appearance in 2004–05 ended in a 4–0 defeat to Aldershot Town, in 2007–08 they finished fifth in the division, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After defeating AFC Sudbury 3–2 in the semi-finals, they beat Redbridge 5–4 on penalties in the final after the match had ended 1–1 and were promoted back to the Premier Division, the club have played at Park Lane since their establishment. It currently has a capacity of 4,100, of which 500 is seated and 827 covered. C, players Canvey Island F. C. managers Official website
Cheshunt Football Club is a football club based in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League Division One North, the original Cheshunt F. C. was formed in or around 1880 and played in black and white stripes. The first recorded game was in 1892 against Ware and they won the first Herts Charity Cup in 1900–01, and went on to win it again in 1903–04 and 1905–06. They also reached the FA Amateur Cup semi-final in 1903–04, losing 2–0 to Ealing and they played in Section B of the Southern Amateur League until World War I, afterwards joining the Athenian league in 1919. They won the Herts Senior Cup in 1923–24 beating Hoddesdon 3–0 in the final, after their best league position of fifth in 1926–27, Cheshunts form collapsed and they finished bottom of the Athenian league for the next four seasons. Heavily in debt, they disbanded in 1931 after their landlords, Cheshunt Cricket Club, the modern club was established in July 1946 at a public meeting in the Co-op Hall in Waltham Cross. A group of businessmen decided to form a new club for the town. They immediately applied and were accepted into the London League, playing in Division One for the 1946–47 season and they finished runners-up and won the League Cup and Herts Charity Shield. Cheshunt won Division One in 1947–48 but remained in the same division and they won it again in 1948–49, earning promotion to the Premier Division, and reached the Herts Senior Cup final for the first time. The following season won the Premier Division, beating Tilbury on the last day of the season to clinch the title from them. They also reached the round of the Amateur Cup following a run that included defeating holders Bromley in front of a record crowd of 5,000. In 1957–58 they reached the FA Cup fourth qualifying round for the first time, Cheshunt joined the Spartan League for the 1962–63 season and won the title at the first attempt. The following season won the Spartan League Cup, before joining Division Two of the Athenian League in 1964. They finished runners-up in their season under the management of Terry Medwin, the former Welsh international. The Division One title was won in 1967–68, beating Wembley in a championship decider. They won the Mithras Cup in 1969–70, the London Charity Cup in 1973–74, the Athenian League Cup and East Anglian Cup in 1974–75 and the Athenian League Cup again in 1975–76. They also reached four Herts Senior Cup finals, two Mithras Cup finals as well as solitary East Anglian Cup and Herts Charity Cup finals during the 1970s, between 1975 and 1995, the club had yellow and blue as its club colours, reverting to amber and black afterwards. After several failed attempts, Cheshunt joined Division Two of the Isthmian League in 1977, in 1981–82 they finished second, and were promoted to Division One, but were relegated two seasons later
Dereham Town F.C.
Dereham Town Football Club is a football club based in Dereham, Norfolk, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League Division One North, the club was founded as Dereham Football Club in 1884, spending many of its early years in the Dereham & District League. In 1891–92 the club reached the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup, by 1910 the club were playing in the Norwich & District League and had been renamed East Dereham. In 1920 they adopted their current name and in 1935 they joined the Norfolk & Suffolk League, when the Norfolk & Syffolk Legaue merged into the Anglian Combination, the club were placed in the Senior B Division. They won the division at the first attempt and were promoted Premier Division and they were renamed Dereham Hobbies United in 1986 after a local Sunday league team merged into the club. The club were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 1988–89 season, in 1991 they returned to the name Dereham Town. In 1997–98 Dereham won the Anglian Combination Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One of the Eastern Counties League, in 2001–02 the club finished second in Division One, beating Stanway Rovers 1–0 on the final day to overtake them and earn promotion to the Premier Division. The club won the Norfolk Senior Cup in 2006, defeating Norwich United 1–0 in the final, in 2012–13 they won the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One North of the Isthmian League. After the club were promoted to the Isthmian League, the team joined Division One of the Eastern Counties League. Prior to World War II the club played at Bayfields Meadow, however, the council owned the ground and there was no scope for upgrading it. In 1991, the purchased a 10. 2-acre site on the outskirts of the town in order to build a new £750,000 stadium. The club moved to the new ground at Aldiss Park in December 1996, at the start of 2000–01 season Norwich City visited Aldiss Park for a pre-season friendly and although the club lost 9–0, a new record attendance of 1,800 was set. Norwich City visited for another match in July 2001, with a new record of 3,000 being set. C. Players Dereham Town F. C. managers Official website Dereham Town Youth