Friday, 2 October 2015


Just under 39 years ago on Tuesday 12th October 1976 Enfield FC (then of the Isthmian Premier Division) welcomed Crown and Manor (of the London Spartan League Division Two) for a London Senior Cup First Round game at Southbury Road. The E's were mid-table in the Premier Division but in the FA Cup had just beaten Bracknell Town 5-2 - coming from 0-2 down 'playing some of their best football of the season' - Eddie Reeve 'enjoying his best game since coming to the Stadium during the close season from Hillingdon' scored four of those five goals along with Keith Searle who headed the third goal. The E's played eleven games in the FA Cup that season against Hampton, Tilbury (x2), Bracknell Town, Epsom and Ewell (x2), Ilford (x2), Harwich and Parkeston (x2) before losing in the Second Round Proper to Crystal Palace 0-4.

In this game it was a bit of a mismatch with The E's leading 4-1 at half time (Steve Dallender got C&M's goal) and ending up 12-1 winners with that man Reeve scoring 4 more goals! Wimbledon won the 1976/77 competition beating Staines Town 1-0 in a replay after the first game ended 0-0.

The Crown And Manor club still exsists today providing a safe haven for boys and young men with football, boxing and table tennis activities amongst other activities. The club run a number of youth teams in various local leagues.

This season's London Senior Cup is underway with Beckenham Town recording a decent 2-5 victory at Tower Hamlets on Monday 28th September. The current holder's Hendon entertain Cray Valley (PM) in the second round.

LONDON FA SENIOR CUP (sponsored by Coventry Scaffolding)

Monday 28th September
Tower Hamlets 2  Beckenham Town 5

Wednesday 28th October
London Bari v Metropolitan Police
Croydon v Welling United
Thamesmead Town v AFC Wimbledon

Tuesday 3rd November
Redbridge v Barking
Haringey Borough v Erith Town
Dulwich Hamlet v Erith And Belvedere
Hanwell Town v Cockfosters

Tuesday 10th November
Corinthian Casuals v AFC Croydon Athletic
VCD Athletic v Clapton

Fisher v Wingate & Finchley - date to be confirmed

Scheduled for week beginning Monday 7th December
Tooting & Mitcham United v Haringey Borough or Erith Town
Harrow Borough v Beckenham Town 1
Redbridge or Barking v VCD Athletic or Clapton
London Bari or Metropolitan Police v Thamesmead Town or AFC Wimbledon
Greenhouse Sports v Croydon or Welling United
Hendon v Cray Valley (PM)
Corinthian Casuals or AFC Croydon Athletic v Dulwich Hamlet or Erith And Belvedere
Fisher or Wingate & Finchley v Hanwell Town or Cockfosters

1 comment:

  1. I remember that game! Rare occasion as I sat in the stand for the first time!