Up The Avenue

Of the smaller clubs that have had runs in the FA Cup over the years, some have had unhappy endings. Enfield, who became a national name in the 1970s and 1980s, have been the subject of a piece on here before, whilst Farnborough Town, who briefly scared the living daylights out of Arsenal as recently in 2003, folded and had to restart again. The spirit of both of those clubs, however, lives on now in brand new clubs which both have brighter and more secure futures ahead of them. One of the most doleful stories that one can tell about the non-league game, however, comes from north-east London, where one of the most famous amateur names of all was swallowed up and spat out, with all attempts at reviving the name having come to nothing. Walthamstow Avenue were one of the great amateur names. Playing at the cramped but idiosyncratically vast Green Pond Road (which was used as one of the football venues for the 1948 Olympic Games), they scared the living daylights out of various Football League Clubs, and won some of the biggest honours in the amateur game. Formed in 1900, they joined the Athenian League in 1929 and won it five times in years before the Second World War brought an end to the normal football programme. At the end of the war they joined the...

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