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Day: November 8, 2011

Coming Home At Last: The Return Of Enfield Town

Just over ten years after their formation, Enfield Town return to a ground of their own at The QE2 Stadium on Wednesday. The first match is a Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Harefield United on Wednesday 9th November followed by a Ryman League Cup tie against AFC Sudbury on Monday 14th November. They then play a Spurs XI on Wednesday 16th November, before the opening league match at the new ground, which is to be played against Soham Town Rangers on Saturday 26th November. Here’s the Town chairman, Paul Millington, with the story of how they came to get back to its own home. Enfield Town have now taken possession of their new stadium, but the story of our arrival there starts 12 years ago with the departure of the renowned Enfield FC from the borough. When the doors of the Southbury Road stadium closed for the last time at the end of September 1999, Isthmian League Enfield F.C. became homeless. The Es, twice Alliance Premier League Champions and the last club to win that league before automatic promotion to the Football League was introduced, were also fearsome giant-killers and during that season they embarked upon yet another glorious FA Cup campaign, eliminating Chesterfield before taking Preston North End to a replay which led to an honourable exit from the competition. That memorable, yet disappointing home defeat to Preston...

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Darlington’s Future In Doubt – Yet Again

Over the last few years it has become one of English footballs most instantly recognisable totems of the folly of ego, and now it seems as if The Reynolds Arena – currently known as The Northern Echo Arena – which has been an albatross around the neck of the club since it moved into it in 2003, may finally be play a significant role in the end of Darlington Football Club. The club had become separated from the holding company which owned it in 2009, when current owner Raj Singh purchased it from former owner George Houghton after a spell in administration, with the club continuing to use the Arena on a lease from the holding company. Earlier this year, though, two of the club’s creditors, Philip Scott and Graham Sizer, took control of the stadium with the club still playing there under an existing lease agreement. This lease has thirteen years to run on it with the club paying a peppercorn rent on an annual basis, but the continuation of this agreement is dependent upon Singh remaining as the owner of the football club. Should he resign his position, the terms of the lease will have to be renegotiated and the terms are unlikely to be as favourable to the football club again. Should Singh decide to throw in the towel at Darlington, therefore, the club’s future will...

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