Brache Sparta 2 London Colney 0 -South Midlands League, Premier Division
|Photo by Elaine Waumsley|
Brache Sparta initially played in the Luton & District League at Stockwood Park, however in 1973, Brache, with help from the council, acquired Foxdell Recreation Ground and built a Clubhouse with an adjacent pitch. This meant that they could successfully apply for admittance into the South Midlands League for the 1975–76 season. After many struggles, promotion was eventually gained to the Premier League in 1985. However, this was met with the resignation of their Manager Barry Fancini and a mass exodus of players. As a result, the club was relegated. Though it wasn't long before Brache were back in the Premier League, regaining their place in 1988 under Barry O'Keefe. Kevin Millett then guided the team to the final of the Premier Division Cup; 2nd place in the league and to a Challenge Trophy Final the following term. Floodlights became mandatory in the league for the 1993–94 season, though Brache Sparta were refused planning permission for them, meaning the club had to ground share with Hitchin Town; something which came at considerable expense. Eventually, with thanks to Archie Devlin's efforts, floodlights were in place for the 1994–95 season.
This Pieman visited Foxdell Recreation Ground for this Spartan South Midlands League clash on a mild November afternoon. I walked to and from Luton railway station and would estimate this taking around 40 minutes. My walk took me past Luton Town's Kenilworth Road ground. Brache Sparta eased to a comfortable 2-0 victory over visiting London Colney.