Tag: Enfield Town

This Is Enfield: The Towners Resume Their Upward Trajectory

The end of season play-offs are both exhilarating and exhausting. For the clubs that finish in places just below the automatic promotion places, everything comes down those two or three matches at the end of the season and they come so quickly after the end of the normal league season that the work that has gone into securing a place just above that dotted line can feel as if it has come and gone all too quickly. This season, the Ryman League – long since shorn of its original, ancient Greek-inspired name, the Isthmian League – has run into difficulties with its end of season matches, with the weather upsetting the end of the domestic season, and nowhere was this more evident than in Division One North of this league. With two matches of the season, it had seemed as if the title race in the Ryman League Division One North was more or less over. Second placed Enfield Town were at home against Leiston, the league leaders, and the match was petering out to the goalless draw that would be enough to crown Leiston as the champions. A penalty kick two minutes into injury time for Enfield postponed that coronation until the last match of the season, but the weather threw a spanner into the works with torrential rain leading to the cancellation of Leiston’s final match of...

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Final Day Shoot-Outs In The Ryman League

It is not that often that league title races are open enough to go to the final day of the season with the whereabouts of the championship trophy still undecided, but this season two of the divisions of the Ryman League will end with five clubs still hoping to win automatic promotion as champions of their division. In the Premier Division, the race is already over with Billericay Town having clinched the title and promotion to the Blue Square BetĀ last weekend, but the two divisions below this, no less than five clubs will go into the final day with the hope amongst hopes that they could still avoid the play-offs and lift a piece of silverware.Ā  In the Division One North it is a straight two-way battle between Leiston and Enfield Town, but even this is a race that perhaps should have been over sooner. Leiston had managed to pull clear a little at the top of the table, but they then stumbled and last weekend travelled to North London to play an Enfield side that had been doggedly hanging on in their slipstream. In front of a season-high crowd of 602 and with the clock ticking past ninety minutes the score was goalless. It looked as if Leiston were going to hang on for the point that they needed to secure the title, but a penalty in stoppage...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 18-12-2011

After all the excitement of the recent rounds of cup matches in the FA Cup and FA Trophy over the last couple of weeks, it was back to the league for non-league football this weekend, and we have highlights from six matches for you this evening. From the Blue Square Premier, we have the match between Forest Green Rovers and Lincoln City. From the Blue Square Bet South, we have two matches, those between Salisbury City and Maidenhead United, and Dartford and Dorchester Town. We then have a match from the Premier Division of the Southern League, between Slough Town and Bedworth United, then a match from Division One North of the Ryman League, between Enfield Town and Thamesmead Town, and finally from Division Two of the Northern League, between Hebburn Town and West Allotment. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that record, edit and upload these matches. Forest Green Rovers vs Lincoln City Salisbury City vs Maidenhead United Dartford vs Dorchester Town Slough Town vs Bedworth United Enfield Town vs Thamesmead Town Hebburn Town vs West Allotment You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Match Of The Week: Enfield Town 3-0 Soham Town Rangers

After twelve years, comes the return home. Enfield Town have been a going concern for more longer than a decade now, but today is the day that normality, perhaps, began to return to this particular corner of North London. They’ve already played a clutch of matches here – a friendly to open the ground against a Tottenham Hotspur XI, a Middlesex Senior Cup match and a Ryman League Cup match – but today sees the arrival of league football to The QE2 Stadium, which has already – on account of its Donkey Lane postal address – earned itself the nickname of “The Donkeydome.” Arriving at a new ground early affords the chance of a nose around, and the star of the show here is a little piece of North London architectural history. The main stand, which also houses the bar, club shop and changing rooms, is a stunning art deco design which has been given a significant face-lift after years of neglect. Elsewhere, this new home is not quite perfect – the pitch is surrounded by an athletics track, with all the difficulties for viewers along the sides that such a feature carries with it – but the small, covered terraces behind the goals are as close to the action as one could hope for and the whole ground has been painted in the club’s distinctive white and royal...

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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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