Saturday, February 01, 1975

Harlow Town FC

Harlow Town 5 Southall 5 - Isthmian League Division Two

Harlow was built after World War II to ease overcrowding in London at the same time as the similar orbital developments of BasildonStevenage, and Hemel Hempstead. The master plan for the new town was drawn up in 1947 by Sir Frederick Gibberd.The development incorporated the market town of Harlow, now a neighbourhood known as Old Harlow, and the villages of Great Parndon, Latton, Tye Green, Potter Street, Churchgate Street, Little Parndon, and Netteswell. The town is divided into neighbourhoods, each self-supporting with their own shopping precincts, community facilities and pub. Gibberd invited many of the country's leading post-war architects to design buildings in the town, including Philip Powell and Hidalgo Moya, Leonard Manasseh, Michael Neylan, E C P Monson, Gerard Goalen,Maxwell FryJane Drew, Graham Dawbarn and William Crabtree. Harlow has one of the most extensive cycle track networks in the country, connecting all areas of the town to the town centre and industrial areas. The cycle network is composed mostly of the original pre-new town roads.

What a game! This ten goal thriller at The Sportcentre was not my first visit to the venue. I had visited numerous times previously to watch my local non-league club but as you might expect record keeping for a teenager was not top priority in those days! I first saw Harlow play in the Athenian League so my first visit would have been prior to 1973/74 when Harlow Town first joined the Isthmian League. Well, what can one say about this match? Southall were leading 4-1 at one stage only for Harlow to bring it back to 4-4. Southall again took the lead only for Harlow to grab a last gasp equalizer.

On display that day for the visitors was a young Alan Devonshire, later to play for West Ham United and England. In addition the match referee was Alan Turvey. Goalscorers for Harlow were Tony Gough, John Ashton, Chris Duggan 2 (1 Pen) and Joe Kasza. Southall's strikes were courtesy of Cliff Rapley, Alan Clarke(2), Roger Knowles and Alan Devonshire.

Programme: 5p


Other visits to The Sportcentre

25 January 1975 - Harlow Town 1 Epping Town 0 - Essex Senior Cup, 4th Round - Attendance: tbc
01 March 1975 - Harlow Town 1 Dagenham 2 - Essex Senior Cup, 5th Round - Attendance: tbc
04 March 1975 - Harlow Town 3 Aveley 3 - Isthmian League, Division Two - Attendance: tbc
02 August 1975 - Harlow Town 0 Norwich City 1 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
03 May 1976 - Harlow Town 0 Charlton Athletic 5 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
01 May 1978 - Harlow Town 1 Oxford City 2 - Isthmian League, Division One - Attendance: tbc
18 December 1979 - Harlow Town 1 Southend United 0 - FA Cup, 2nd Round Replay - Attendance: tbc
08 January 1980 - Harlow Town 1 Leicester City 0 - FA Cup, 3rd Round Replay - Attendance: 9723
23 April 1985 - Harlow Town 3 Epsom & Ewell 4 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: tbc
22 October 1985 - Harlow Town 1 Watford 9 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
15 November 1993 - Harlow Town 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc

21 July November 1999 - Harlow Town 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc

Total identified visits to this venue = 13 (there were many more!)

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