Those We Have Lost: Southbury Road, Enfield

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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11 Responses

  1. Ram Ismail says:

    A beutiful article, so accurate with my experiences of Enfield, without the Family interaction. However, i’m still in Enfield and am looking forward to ETFC’s QE Life from Sept 2011

  2. Steve 'Happy' Morgan says:

    Agree with Ram. A very well written piece that has brought back many good memories. As a child I used to sell programmes outside the ground in the 80s (REMEMBER LENNY??!!). My reward…50p, a free programme and entry into the ground! I still remember the 3-0 defeat of Port Vale in the FA Cup 3rd round replay and then the glory of 33,000 at White Hart Lane. My first match…a 78/79 league match against Carshalton and a 3-0 win. My only disagreement with the piece is the less than ideal QE Stadium. It will be ETFC’s home and has great potential for the future…BRING IT ON!!!

  3. Phil Davison says:

    It was our home and we loved it. It should have stayed our home but we were stitched up.

    Bob Monkhouse certainly performed at the Starlight Rooms — I remember standing in the little corridor between the football club bar and the Starlight and he was so much better than on TV (excepting his performance as Johnny Saveloy in Rex The Runt of course!). I also remember seeing Martha Reeves and the Vandellas there when Kim Weston turned up unexpectedly and joined in.

    And I was there when Oxford City got turned over 3-0 but their manager (a certain Bobby Moore) was given clear passage to the bar! Don’t know what happened to his assistant that day — some bloke called Harry Redknapp!

    And then there were the cup runs and seeing Enfield face the only player ever to have got winners medals for the FA Amateur Cup and the European Cup, or seeing Mark Pye stuff a toilet roll down the back of a Torquay player’s shirt…

    I loved every minute of it and the same goes for every minute of following Enfield Town, with most of the former supporters of the now defunct Enfield FC.

    I would love to think that the Queen Elizabeth Stadium will give us the same opportunities. It’s already looking to be the most picturesque football ground in the Borough (no doubt Winchmore Hill will have something to say about that, though!).

    Phil D.

    Phil.

  4. peter hills says:

    Lenny was my uncle all of the hillseys were fanactical Es supporters i myself used to sell programmes at the Es 3p each at the time and was taken to all the games by my uncles and we had a fair old team at the time unfortunately all of my uncles have passed on now but i still remember those great trips all over the country following the Es

  5. peter hills says:

    Great article walked many of them steps myself also about LENNY his ashes were scattered on the stadium pitch a fitting end to a loyal supporter

  6. Phil MacMurdie says:

    cracking article – brings back all the great memories of EFC, my first game my dad took me to was a pre-season friendly 1975-6 v a strong arsenal team, E’s won 4-0 and i cried my eyes out (as an arsenal supporter) many happy days sellin progs – from 1982- about 1987
    loved the evening cup games best of all – the massacre of Exeter in the FA cup will live long in the memory, port vale was another. some of the great players as well,
    steve king will always be a personal favourite – cracking bloke, superb footballer, noel ashford – awesome, enough said.
    but some of the funny moments like dave flint driblin the ball from the half way line in a mid week match against weymouth, before slotting it home, paul gasgoine and chris waddle were sitting in front of me that night – gazzas comment was great – “F*$k he’s better than barnsey!!!

    as for the EFC – ETFC split – yes its a shame – but times move on and people move on.

  7. Where is my letter I sent a couple of weeks ago.

  8. brian cornes says:

    What lovely memories, I remember Lenny well, last time I visited the club I remember seeing his cap and walking stick in a glass case what a great guy, also when as a kid I went there to see the likes of Steve Cummings , Ron Phillips or Phips footie at its best, where are Tom Unwin and Tony Lazerou now ? Happy days and fond memories.

  9. Peter Thompson says:

    This is not so much an emotional response – more commercial – but may appeal to someone with close and dear connections with Southbury Road, etc. And, if I could get a reasonable price for this programme I am offering, I would be happy to contribute a % to the new Enfield Club Funds.
    I have what could be the only copy of the official Match programme – Enfield v Walthamstow Nov. 1936 – which was also the Official Opening of the Southbury stadium. Its in near perfect condition for its age.
    Would you know of anyone, either connected with the Club, or the Club itself, willing to pay a decent price for it? Thanks in anticipation. peter Thompson. (ps its been handed down 3 generations originally purchased by my grandad who at that time was a big Enfield supporter).

  10. Mark Shapland says:

    My brother and I used to get free entry to Southbury Road, as we both played for the youth team. or a couple of seasons we were ball boys and one frosty January evening in the early 1990s we were mascots (with Mark Pye leading the team out that night).
    Such a sorry state of affairs when Southbury Road was sold off, but i’m delighted that Enfield once again has a team playing in the borough. Unfortunately I have moved to Hampshire now and am still trying to get up to Donkey Lane for my first match at the new stadium.
    Many of my finest childhood memories were from Southbury Road, playing Cardiff in the FA Cup, winning the league (only to be denied promotion due to ground inferiorities and the songs on the terraces throuhout the 1990s. Hopefully we will witness scenes like this once again at Donkey Lane in the coming years!

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