Tag: Enfield Town

Are Enfield Town To Pay The Price For The FA’s Maladministration?

The forty-six match regular season in the Ryman League came to an end this weekend but, true to form for a competition in the non-league game, with play-offs at the top of the league’s three divisions due to start in the next few days or so, a question mark remains over who will actually be taking part in them this year. In the league’s Premier Division, Maidstone United were crowned as champions last week, and one of the play-offs will see third-placed Margate play Dulwich Hamlet, whilst the other will be played between runners-up Hendon and… well, the obvious...

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Winning Isn’t Everything… Probably

It was a cold, blustery autumn evening and as I made the short walk from Lewes railway station to The Dripping Pan, the welcoming if not quite palatial home of Lewes Football Club, and a sense of foreboding hung heavy in the back of my mind. There was the small matter of the thousand words on Coventry City that required a final paragraph to be written before it was ready to go live. Then there was the nagging suspicion that the rest of the world would be curled up on their respective sofas watching what I believe to be called a ‘feast’ of Champions League football on the television, a global party to which I’ve seldom felt particularly invited. And then there was the recollection of the last time I’d made the short and inconvenient hop from Brighton town centre to see Enfield Town play, a six-nil thrashing at Whitehawk at the very tail end of last year in the cold and pouring rain which was so dismal that I briefly started to believe in God just so that I could curse Him for an hour and three-quarters. On one of my musings at least, I was not alone. Lewes are one of the best-supported clubs in the Premier Division of the Ryman Football League, but last night it appeared that the locals, by and large, had better things...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 1-2 Enfield Town

It feels as though the new football season has started a little too soo this afternoon. A summer which had rather looked as if it might not arrive at all has settled to a ninety degree heat from which there is no respite, even in the shade. Even by the coast in Brighton, this is weather that simply makes you want to curl up and fall asleep. A handful of miles inland in Lewes, the oppressive warmth and cloying humidity mean that a degree of apathy is amongst the order of the day for the opening match of the Ryman League Premier Division season between Lewes and Enfield Town, whether we like it or not. This is two clubs that have already won a trophy each this season. Last month, Lewes beat Fisher FC to win the Supporter Direct Shield, whilst later on the same day Enfield Town beat Wrexham – albeit some way from a full Wrexham team – to win the Supporters Direct Cup. This is two sides owned by their supporters trusts, though they cam through different routes to get here. Lewes’ frequent financial difficulties before being eventually handed to the supporters of the club, whilst Enfield Town are the original protest club, formed by their supporters as a break-away after Enfield FCs chairman sold its ground without having a replacement. There is, therefore, a common...

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100 Owners: Number 88 – Tony Lazarou (Enfield FC )

In November of last year, a non-league football club made its first appearance at its new home ground. This in itself is nothing truly remarkable. After all, football clubs relocating has been a common enough sight over the last quarter of a century or so. For this particular club, though, the move was a special one, bringing, as it did, to an end twelve years of asset-stripping, internecine arguing and a battle to keep senior football alive in a borough on the periphery of London that had become synonymous with one of the best known names in non-league football. In November 2011, senior football returned to Enfield for the first time since 1999, but the name of the club bringing it back wasn’t quite that which more casual observers might have expected. Enfield FC was originally formed in 1893 as Enfield Spartans, before truncating it’s blame seven years later. The club moved into a new stadium – almost enigmatically called The Stadium, but more commonly known by the main road near which it stood, Southbury Road – in 1936. Developments over the years turned it into an archetypal small English ground, covered at both ends, with a large cover on one side and a seated stand in which was located the changing rooms, bar and offices. It was in the 1960s that the club began to make its name,...

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