Tuesday, 15 May 2012


The Cold End sends out a massive congratulations to the players and supporters of Dartford FC whom on Sunday sealed promotion to the Blue Square Premier Division for the 2012/13 season with a 1-0 play-off victory over local rival's Welling United. It's been an ultra rapid rise upwards for The Darts since leaving the Ryman Division One (North) as Champions in 2007/08.

They spent two seasons each in the Ryman Premier and Blue Square South Divisions and next season will host Hereford United, Macclesfield Town, Stockort County and Mansfield Town amongst others at their brilliant Princes Park Stadium#. A long way away from losing 0-1 to Enfield Town at Ebbsfleet's ground on Saturday 4th March 2006 in front of 434 people. Bryan Hammatt scored the goal in the Southern League Division One (East) game.

The Darts move back to their home borough into the new stadium in 2006 has seen an upturn in the club's fortunes. Something which we all hope Enfield Town FC can mirror. I am not saying Enfield Town will reach the Blue Square Premier in four seasons but Dartford are a club to be admired. Manager Tony Burman has been in place since January 2005 overseeing the progression the club has made with the backing of the fans and board at all times by the looks of it. Something, which has, and I hope will continue to happen at Enfield Town FC.

# it's a great stadium and one of the best in non-league football even if Enfield Town's only ever visit was the 1-6 defeat on Saturday 1st December 2007. This is the only time Town have played in front of a four-figure crowd since formation in 2001. 1,004 saw Dave Bastian score for Enfield Town. The line-up for that day for Town was Andre Foster, Malcolm Dannie, Glen Harvey, Tom Hodge, Dave Bastian, Kofi Nyamah, Rudi Hall, Richard Georgiou, Dareen Grieves, Bryan Hammatt and Ricci Crace. Subs - Luke Marshall, Simon Tickner, Steve Velandia, Max Mitchell and Ozzie Foster.

2007/08RD1 (N)42278710742+65891/22
2008/09RP 421711146249+136210/22
* denotes promoted via play-offs. Beat Welling United in the final 1-0 in front of 4,088 after beating Basingstoke Town 3-1 on agg over 2 legs (crowds - 1691 @ Camrose and 2210 @ Princes Park)

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