Friday, 7 December 2018


Southgate Olympic 1st team are not having a campaign to remember in the Amateur Football Combination Premier Division this season with just one league win in eleven games and a current ten game league and cup losing run. The club formed in 1933 have a rich history in the Amateur game as the following programmes and newspaper clippings from the late 1950s and early 1960s. 

The first clipping we have is from date unknown for Olympic's Southern Olympian League Cup Final extra-time victory over Old Romfordians in a game played at Walthamstow Avenue's Green Pond Road ground. They were 1-3 down in the game but came back to win 4-3. 

And then onto a report of a 4-0 win over Old Bealonians with Broomfield Park in 'perfect shape' and conditions 'ideal'. 

Saturday 12th December 1959 saw Olympic host local rival's (although in the spirit of the Amateur game they are listed as 'close friends and neighbours' in the programme) Alexandra Park for an AFA Senior Cup 2nd Round Proper game. The 1st XI were members of SAL Senior Section Division Three at the time a division which contained Westminster Bank, Pearl Assurance, Midland Bank and Civil Service amongst other teams. 

For anyone who grew up in Enfield and Wood Green or the surrounding areas in the 1950s through to the 1990s they will remember visting Brigg Sports to be kitted out for their senior school kit -  The programme advertises the much loved shop's store in Palmers Green. All three shops have since shut down with Wood Green the last to close in 2010.  

Olympic were winners in the 2nd round game as on Saturday 23rd January 1960 they hosted Crown & Manor in the 3rd round. C&M were then members of the Arthenion League and they went into the game with a 2-1 victory over Tufnell Park (Edmonton) in the Middlesex Senior Cup. 

Olympic were members of the Southern Amateur League from 1957 through to 2015 when they moved across to the Amateur Football Combination where they have played since. 

They club's 1st XI famously won the SAL Premier Division in 1966 and 1972 along with the Amateur Football Association Senior Cup in 1974. In 1972 they memorably pipped local rival's Winchmore Hill to the title by just four points.  

The club currently have five team competing in the AFC and now count Clowes Sports Ground in Winchmore Hill as their home.  

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