We all know about The Trawler Boys who we played in the Ryman Division One (North) in the 2009/10 season with a large percentage of Enfield Town fans fully expecting the Suffolk side to be one of either the Blue Square South or North divisions by now.
In two seasons in the Ryman Premier Division they have the following records -
|2011/12||42||25||7||10||80||53||+27||82||3rd||Lost in Play Off Final|
|2010/11||42||20||15||7||68||30||+38||75||4th||Lost in Play Off Final|
If they improve by 7 points as they did so last season they will have a total of 89 points which would of won them the title in 2010/11 and 2011/12.
In both seasons they have narrowly lost out in the play-off final and with Ady Gallagher and Mick Chapman strengthening their already impressive squad for the forthcoming season it's no surprise to see they are favourites for the title.
They have signed midfielders Danny Cunnigham and Lee Smith from league and Suffolk rival's Bury Town. Cunningham scored some vital goals for Bury Town last season with both players welcome additions to the squad at Crown Meadow. Striker Jack Defty has also signed whom spent last year with Kings Lynn Town in the United Counties league firing in 26 goals in 34 starts.
As well as going forward they have strengthened their back-line by signing Dan Gleeson who was with Blue Square Premier side Luton Town last season. He played 11 times for the Kenilworth Road club and is also an ex England C International.
As well as Bury Town they will renew their old Eastern Counties League local rivalry with Leiston for this season. When they last met in the ECL in the 2008/09 season their games attracted 672 at Crown Meadow and 631 at Victory Road so expect big crowds for those games this season.
BEST HOME LEAGUE CROWD FOR 2011/12 - 1,158 versus Wealdstone in the Play-Off Semi-Final
FACT ABOUT THE AREA - The town is the second largest in Suffolk with only Ipswich having a bigger population.
FACT ABOUT THE CLUB -
Shared the first Eastern Counties League Championship/title with Harwich and Parkeston in 1936.
Unfortunately another club to suffer ground problems and very nearly lost their Hartsdown Park ground amid numerous problems with its redevelopment. At one point it was reported the club may even fold completely. The original ground was demolished in early 2003 but due to planning problems the development dragged on. Thankfully, after three nomadic seasons ground-sharing with Dover Athletic and Ashford Town, they returned home in August 2005.
The club whom were known as Thanet United in the 1980's won the Southern Premier Division in 2001 and achieved promotion to the Conference where they spent three season's finishing 8th, 10th and 16th. Despite their finish well above the relegation zone in 2004 they were placed in the Conference South due to the ongoing concerns with their ground (as detailed above) and suffered a second successive relegation at the end of the 2004/05 season to the Isthmian Premier Division.
Chris Kinnear (boss from 1996 to 2006) returned in 2011 after the club a succession of managers between 2006 to 2011 including Robin Trott, Barry Ashby, Terry Yorath, Neville Southall (as Caretaker) and ex Great Wakering Rovers boss Iain O'Connell.
Kinnear steered them to a 15th place finish and TheColdEnd expects them to improve on that position this season.
BIGGEST HOME LEAGUE CROWD FOR 2011/12 - 536 versus Billericay Town
FACT(S) ABOUT THE AREA -
If the Town are lucky enough to play Margate away on the opening day of the season which is Saturday 18th August you can book a double room in the various B&B's around the town from as little at £49!
The house used as the famous 'Villa Bella' guesthouse featured in the iconic Only Fools and Horses Jolly Boy's Day Out Episode was located in Dalby Square in the town...but has since been demolished.
FACT ABOUT THE CLUB -
One of the club's original grounds known as the Hall-by-the-Sea ground is where the Dreamland Amusement park (closed since 2006) stands today. Hartsdown Park is a short walk from the sea-front in the town.
METROPOLITAN POLICE FC
Formed in 1919 and have been members of the Isthmian League since 1977 playing in the lower divisions until 2011 they won the Division One (South) title on a dramatic final day of the season to win promotion to the Premier Division for the first time. In recent years the club have relaxed the rule that to represent them players had to be serving police officers or staff.
In 2010 the club lifted their first ever Senior Trophy by beating AFC Wimbledon 4-3 on penalty kicks after an amazing 4-4 draw in the final of the London Senior Cup. Their previous appearances in the final had come in 1941 when they lost to Barnet and 1935 to Enfield FC.
Finished in a respectable 12th position last season so will look to improve on that this campaign.
A player Town fans will know is Sos Yao (whom has played against us for Maldon and Tiptree and Brentwood Town recently) has moved to Imber Court this summer.
BEST HOME LEAGUE CROWD FOR 2011/12 - 412 versus Kingstonian
FACT ABOUT THE AREA -
Imber Court is in East Molesey. Molesey FC's ground is only a stone's throw away in West Molesey.
FACT ABOUT THE CLUB -
Won promotion on their debut season in the Isthmian League finishing 2nd in Division Two. Epsom and Ewell pipped them to the title.
COMING SOON THE FINAL PART FIVE. FEATURING THURROCK, WEALDSTONE, WHITEHAWK AND WINGATE AND FINCHLEY.