Wednesday, March 14, 1990

Redbridge Forest FC

Redbridge Forest 0 Leyton Wingate 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division

The London Borough of Redbridge in north-east London is known for its award winning parks and open spaces, excellent transport links and thriving shopping areas. Its administrative headquarters is at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford. The name comes from a bridge over the River Roding which was demolished in 1921. The bridge was made of red brick, unlike other bridges in the area made of white stone. The name had first been applied to the Redbridge area and Redbridge tube station was opened in 1947. It was earlier known as Hocklee's Bridge.

Redbridge Forest FC are the direct descendants of Leytonstone/Ilford F.C. which was founded in 1979 by a merger of old clubs Leytonstone (founded in 1886) and Ilford (founded in 1881).They were successful in non-league football, while under the name Leytonstone & Ilford and crowned Isthmian League champions during 1981–82. The following season the club finished as runners-up in the same league. At the end of the season, they changed their name to Leytonstone/Ilford Football Club. Another merger was incorporated in 1988 when Walthamstow Avenue were incorporated. Initially there was no name change, and the club won the Isthmian League that season; they were due to be promoted, but were denied due to ground problems, as the Green Pond Road ground at Walthamstow had already been sold to developers so was not worth upgrading. The club moved to Victoria Road, home of Dagenham FC but found the same problem as their ground too was not up standard. Leytonstone & Ilford remained in the Isthmian League Premier Division. For the 1989 season, the name of the club was changed to Redbridge Forest, in preparation for a move to a new site bordering both Redbridge and Waltham Forest borders. However, the move to the new site collapsed and the club remained at Victoria Road.

This Pieman travelled to Victoria Road after work. The journey was made using the District Line alighting at Dagenham East. Local rivals Leyton Wingate took the points with a 1-0 victory.

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