Friday, July 14, 2006

Enfield Town FC

Enfield Town 1 Tottenham Hotspur 7 - Pre Season Friendly

Enfield lies in the extreme north-east corner of the old county of Middlesex. Its eastern boundary is formed by the River Lee, on the opposite bank of which lie the Essex parishes of Chingford and Waltham Abbey. To the north, across the Hertfordshire border, Enfield directly abuts the parishes of Cheshunt and Northaw. Along its western boundary, Enfield adjoins East Barnet (Hertfordshire) and the Middlesex parishes of Monken Hadley and South Mimms. The Roman road from London to York (Ermine Street) crossed the borough from south to north. Tottenham High Road and Bulls Cross still follow the alignment of this road. By the time of the Doomsday survey of 1086 Enfield was well established. The parish was then held by Geoffrey de Mandeville. (The de Mandevilles later became Earls of Essex.) King James I passed through Enfield in 1603 on his journey south from Scotland to assume the throne. One of his favourite residences was Theobalds which he acquired from the Cecils in 1607. It was here that he died in 1625. The early nineteenth century saw the first signs of industrialisation in the form of Grout and Baylis' crape factory at Ponders End (1809) and the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield Lock (1815). The latter was to become one of the most important single employers in Enfield. During World War II Enfield suffered extensive bomb damage. German and Italian prisoners of war were held locally - Trent Park became an officers' interrogation centre. Local furniture factories made parts for the Mosquito bomber which was constructed almost entirely of wood. The most dramatic change of recent years has been the construction of the M25 motorway, completed in 1986. This road, the initial plans of which were prepared as long ago as 1924, has dramatically improved communications, with the result that the area has now become very attractive to companies specialising in warehousing and distribution.

The club are based at Goldsdown Road, the home of Brimsdown Rovers FC. I first visited this venue back in 1987. At the time the ground was very basic in terms of spectator facilities. The emergence of Enfield Town FC has completely changed that and their progress up the pyramid has necessitated facilities to match. Apart from the covered seated stand (above) there is also some covered standing opposite and behind one of the goals. The young Tottenham Hotspur side (managed by Clive Allen) were jolted after 5 minutes when Enfield Town took the lead but by the interval had countered with 4 goals following some impressive interplay. A further 3 strikes after the break from a decent passing display meant that just 5 days after Zidane's HEADline grabbing performance in the World Cup Final, we were underway for the 2006-07 season. Meanwhile Spurs 1st XI were just completing their 2nd match in France. Was there any cricket this summer?

Attendance: 502
Admission: £7
Programme: £1
Sandwiches: 50p
Fare: A few shillings worth of petrol for this local jaunt

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