Sunday, 18 October 2009

FORGOTTEN FOOTBALL - EDMONTON FC

FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY THE E'S TOOK ON THE E'S IN A VERY LOCAL DERBY
'Edmonton FC' exisited from 1960 following a merger of Tufnell Park and Edmonton Borough to 1973 when they moved to Coles Park, White Hart Lane and became Edmonton & Haringey later becoming the club that is now Haringey Borough in 1976.

Edmonton FC known as the E'S (sound familiar) played in the Delphian League and later the Athenian League at the Henry Barrass Stadium, Houndsfield Road, N9 just off the Hertford Road where the Cock Tavern Public House stands. They played in green and white quartered shirts. Tony Rocco seems to be the man as he's listed in the programme in 1967 and still played at Coles Park in 1974. Midweek home games were played in the afternoon due to the ground having no floodlights.
The E's struggled along in the Athenian Division Two, the best season coming in 1969/70 when a second place was achieved gaining promotion to the top division. It was this season that by winning games versus Hemel Hempstead and Ilford the E's earnt a home tie versus their close and more illustrious neighbours Enfield FC.
Enfield had beaten Southall, Kingstonian and Grays Athletic (7-0) to reach the game in the 3rd Qualifying Round which was played 40 years ago today on the 18th October 1969. In all of the old Enfield's history this must be the most local of away games ever played. Enfield who were riding high in the Isthmian League were too strong and ran out 4-1 winners. The programme listed the game as David V Goliath as Enfield had thrashed Edmonton 8-1 in their previous encounter 7 years previous. Enfield went on to beat Wealdstone before losing to Brighton & HA 2-1 at the Goldstone Ground in the 1st round proper.
Edmonton moved to Cole's Park in 1973 and became the aforementioned Edmonton & Haringey and the Barrass fell into disrepair. The cold end is old enough to remember a black & white six lane running track running around the pitch (still there in the mid 80's???) and the main stand which is still present today together with grass banking which ran around the some of the ground. The pitch is now regularly used by the Edmonton Sunday League.







The cold end thinks with a little bit of hard work the stand wouldn't look out of place in a Ryman League ground or above.

****The team's listed in the the official programme for the FA Cup game in 1969****

****The Delphian League Senior Section Table January 1960****



Source

http://fchd.info/EDMONTON.HTM

3 comments:

  1. I remember being at this FA Cup tie and Enfield, mighty then, took a slender 1-0 win to the interval.
    The reported 1400 crowd, surely Edmonton's record at the Barrass Stadium, was shocked to see an equlaiser in the first minute of the second half.

    Enfield were too strong and finished 4-1 winners.

    I do not rmember the green and white quarters, but do remember Edmonton playing in orange shirts and black short.
    The Barrass Stadium is still much as pictured.
    It was next to the Jubilee Park and a lovely open air lido which is now a centre for the mentally ill.

    I relocated to Dunstable and now follow the fortunes of Dunstable Town FC.
    It os a pity that a town the size of Edmonton does not have a senior team..after all neighbours tottenham have one!

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  2. As a youth team player at Edmonton FC I was at the game against Enfield, I don't remember much about the game but I think Edmonton made a good show of themselves in the first half, my main memory was the amount of people in the ground.
    When you start talking about Edmonton FC you must give a big mention to Jim Gates who with his sidekick Eddie ran all the youth teams so succesfully, and also to Joe Starkey the reserve team coach who should have been given a chance with the first team.
    I was in the youth team that won the Middlesex Junior cup, then the reserve team for several seasons and then had a handful of games for the first team. Les Williamson was the first team coach at the time, he came to Edmonton with a good reputation, but he missed a great chance buy bringing in players with him instead of using players from the youth and reserve teams, many of whom left to play in higher division teams and cared about Edmonton FC.
    I visited the ground last year and agree with Paul that it is a shame that a lower league side does not play there now.

    Keith Gardner

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  3. Ah memories! Time plays tricks with the memory of course. I never saw the E's v E's game but was having a kick-around with some mates in Jubilee Park at the time. I remember cheers and distinctly heard 'Well done Enfield' as the final whistle sounded.
    I followed Edmonton for a couple of seasons after that, seeing them defeat the likes of Aylesbury United 2-1 and Harlow Town 4-3 (big crowd for that one!) and bunked off school early to see them draw 0-0 with Aveley in a midweek 4pm kick-off. It was quite gloomy by the end and goal-line clearances were prevalent. That game still stands as the most exciting 0-0 that I have ever seen.
    Now for the memory playing tricks bit; I recall that Edmonton played in an all amber kit, although I saw them play a pre-season friendly against Byng (Bing?) Road Old Boys and they played in white shirts with two green hoops and black shorts - away kit perhaps?
    I wasn't a happy boy when they relocated to Coles Park and had to go and watch the snobs at Enfield instead. I still do, having just completed 12 years as Press Officer and then Secretary of Enfield Town FC. I still miss my Edmonton team though.

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