Monday, November 06, 2006

Harlow Town FC

Harlow Town 0 Tottenham Hotspur XI 8 - Marc Salmon Testimonial Match


Harlow is in West Essex and borders with Hertfordshire. It is conveniently situated for London, only 40 miles from Cambridge and has good transport networks to neighbouring towns. With a population of approximately 80,000 people, it is a thriving, busy town, with a variety of shops, businesses and recreational facilities. Harlow was built as a new town in 1947 and designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd. He designed it around separate neighbourhoods each of which included a health centre, local shops, schools and community facilities and all surrounded by green wedges. Harlow continues to develop to cater for the growing local community with new housing, the development of the Town Centre and constant improvements to education and the environment, all of which make Harlow the perfect place in which to study, live, work and play!






I first saw Harlow Town play in the old Athenian League back in the early 1970s. Between then and moving away from the town in 1994, I was a regular visitor to the Sportcentre. Monday night fixtures became a ritual - it was either that or Coronation Street and Wetherfield didn't stand a chance against the Owls! The highlights for me during this period saw both Southend United and Leicester City (Second Division Champions that season with Gary Lineker up front) humbled in FA Cup replays at the Sportcentre in 1980. Apologies to Dave Bond and Stewart Henry respectively for these reminders.




Harlow Town have mutated from being Owls and are now Hawks. At long last they now have a new stadium at Barrows Farm. Having endured many years shared with Athletics facilities, it really is a boost to the club to have a 'proper' football stadium. 






The new stadium is situated on the edge of town at the Pinnacles industrial area and would take about 25 minutes to walk to from Harlow Town railway station. I was very impressed with what I saw and I think all concerned with the club can be very pleased with the place. It has been a long time coming but worth the wait. A very modern looking 400 seater stand is situated along one side, containing function rooms overlooking the pitch. This also houses the administrative block, bar and dressing rooms. There will be some envious glances from visiting clubs in the Isthmian League Division One North and higher up the pyramid. On the opposite side there is covered terracing for 500 spectators, which will provide decent shelter this winter. There is nothing of any substance behind the goals but a reasonable view is offered from these areas. However, should Harlow Town progress in line with their aspirations, there is scope for further development on a decent scale (Stevenage Borough is a good comparable example).






A young Tottenham Hotspur side played some slick football and I hope the crowd enjoyed the display from some possible stars of the future. Marc Salmon has remained loyal to the club and is deserving of the tribute offered by this testimonial. I now look forward to the Phil Tuson testimonial! Seriously though, Phil and others have also been incredibly loyal to the club and looking at the new place I guess they will be particularly proud to see how far the club have now come. They will have memories of some very difficult times not least 1992-93, when Harlow had to sit the season out when financial difficulty threatened the club's existence.










Attendance: 935
Admission: £10
Programme: A rather hefty £3.50
Tea: 50p

 

Subsequent visits to Barrows Farm

  • 20 August 2011 - Harlow Town 1 Romford 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 203
  • 25 January 2014 - Harlow Town 2 Witham Town 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 286
  • 11 July 2014 - Harlow Town 6 Enfield 1893 0 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 18 July 2014 - Harlow Town 2 Enfield Town 1 - Friendly - Attendance: 157
  • 6 September 2014 - Harlow Town 1 Soham Town Rangers 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 426
  • 16 September 2014 - Harlow Town 2 Grays Athletic 4 - FA Cup, 1st Qualifying Round Replay - Attendance: 248
  • 22 November 2014 - Harlow Town 4 Redbridge 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 261
  • 14 February 2015 - Harlow Town 1 Wroxham 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 220
  • 28 February 2015 - Harlow Town 5 Barkingside 2 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 250
  • 4 April 2015 - Harlow Town 0 Cray Wanderers 2 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 251
  • 7 July 2015 - Harlow Town 2 Newmarket Town 1 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 11 July 2015 - Harlow Town 1 King's Lynn Town 2 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 31 August 2015 - Harlow Town 4 Redbridge 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 244
  • 8 September 2015 - Harlow Town 3 Barkingside 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 195
  • 12 September 2015 - Harlow Town 5 Bedford Town 1 - FA Cup, 1st Qualifying Round - Attendance: 301
  • 3 October 2015 - Harlow Town 3 Ware 1 - FA Trophy, Preliminary Round - Attendance: 284
  • 10 October 2015 - Harlow Town 2 Batch City 2 -  FA Cup, 3rd Qualifying Round - Attendance: 606 
  • 3 November 2015 -  Harlow Town 6 Merstham 2 - FA Trophy, 1st Qualifying Round Replay - Attendance: 210
  • 17 November 2015 - Harlow Town 3 Heybridge Swifts 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 155
  • 28 November 2015 - Harlow Town 4 Phoenix Sports 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 227
  • 05 January 2016 - Harlow Town 1 Thamesmead Town 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 176
  • 09 January 2016 - Enfield 1893 3 Ilford 2 - Essex Senior League - Attendance: 65
  • 09 February 2016 - Harlow Town 4 Wroxham 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 167
  • 13 February 2016 - Harlow Town 4 Thurrock 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 351
  • 27 February 2016 - Harlow Town 4 Aveley 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 245
  • 26 March 2016 - Harlow Town 3 Soham Town Rangers 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 251
  • 16 April 2016 - Harlow Town 3 Great Wakering Rovers 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 275
  • 27 April 2016 - Harlow Town 3 Cray Wanderers 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North Play-Off semi-Final - Attendance: 832
  • 01 May 2016 -  Harlow Town 3 AFC Hornchurch 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North Play-Off Final - Attendance:1655
  • 19 July 2016 - Harlow Town 4 Enfield 1893 1 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 23 August 2016 - Harlow Town 1 Dulwich Hamlet 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 328
  • 29 November 2016 - Harlow Town 2 Hendon 0 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 206
  • 20 December 2016 - Harlow Town 2 Merstham 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 208
  • 31 December 2016 - Harlow Town 2 Leatherhead 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance:362
  • 02 January 2017 - Harlow Town 2 Canvey Island 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance:307
  • 17 January 2017 - Harlow Town 1 Lowestoft Town 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance:155
  • 24 January 2017 - Harlow Town 3 Metropolitan Police 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance:144
  • 04 March 2017 - Harlow Town 0 Billericay Town 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 450
  • 17 April 2017 - Harlow Town 0 Enfield Town 3 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 607
  • 1 August 2017 - Harlow Town 2 Cambridge City 1 - Friendly - Attendance:249
  • 5 September 2017 - Harlow Town 2 Thurrock 1 - FA Cup, 1st Qualifying Round Replay - Attendance: 230 
  • 10 October 2017 - Harlow Town 2 Dorking Wanderers 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 130
  • 21 October 2017 - Harlow Town 1 Margate 1 -  Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 168
  • 06 January 2018 - Harlow Town 2 Tooting & Mitcham United 1 -  Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 204
  • 30 January 2018 - Harlow Town 1 Merstham 2 -  Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 131
  • 24 February 2018 - Harlow Town 2 Staines Town 4 -  Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 167
  • 20 March 2018 - Harlow Town 4 Metropolitan Police 3 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 146
  • 02 April 2018 - Harlow Town 3 Thurrock 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 215
  • 28 April 2018 - Harlow Town 0 Wingate & Finchley 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 277
  • 07 July 2018 - Harlow Town 0 Leyton Orient 7 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 01 August 2018 - Harlow Town 0 West Ham United 0 - Friendly - Attendance: 866
  • 14 August 2018 - Harlow Town 1 Burgess Hill Town 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 180
  • 11 September 2018 - Harlow Town 1 Hendon 2 (after extra time) -FA Cup,1st Qualifying Round Replay - Attendance: 173
  • 28 September 2018 - Harlow Town Reserves 1 Hullbridge Sports Reserves 4 - Essex Senior League, Reserve Division - Attendance: tbc
  • 17 November 2018 - Harlow Town 1 Tonbridge Angels 0 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 277
  • 26 January 2019 - Harlow Town 2 Lewes 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 174
  • 09 February 2019 - Harlow Town 2 Folkestone Invicta 4 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 204
  • 22 February 2019 - Woodford Town 0 Hoddesdon Town 1 - Essex Senior League - Attendance: 170
  • 22 March 2019 - Woodford Town 0 Hullbridge Sports 2 - Essex Senior League - Attendance: 125
  • 29 March 2019 - Woodford Town 3 Sawbridgeworth Town 1 - Essex Senior League - Attendance: 118
  • 06 April 2019 - Harlow Town 2 Potters Bar Town 5 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 224
  • 23 July 2019 - Harlow Town 1 Woodford Town 0 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 06 August 2019 - Woodford Town 2 Tower Hamlets 1 - Essex Senior League - Attendance: tbc
  • 09 August 2019 - Woodford Town 1 White Ensign 1 - FA Cup, Extra Preliminary Round - Attendance: tbc
  • 13 September 2019 - Woodford Town 5 Southend Manor 0 - Essex Senior League - Attendance: 60
  • 14 December 2019 - Harlow Town 1 South Park 1 - Isthmian League, South Central Division - Attendance: 104
  • 11 February 2020 - Woodford Town 1 St Margaretsbury 0 - Essex Senior League - Attendance: 37
  • 21 February 2020 - Harlow Town Reserves 3 Sawbridgeworth Town Reserves 2 - Essex Senior League, Reserve Division - Attendance: tbc
  • 22 August 2020 - Harlow Town 2 Stansted 1 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 25 August 2020 - Harlow Town 2 Woodford Town 1 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 29 August 2020 - Harlow Town 1 Romford 2 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 31 August 2020 - Woodford  Town 3  London Colney 1 - FA Cup, Extra Preliminary Round - Attendance: 247
  • 01 September 2020 - Harlow Town 5 Enfield 1 - FA Cup, Extra Preliminary Round - Attendance: 260
  • 12 September 2020 - Harlow Town 3 Sporting Bengal United 0 - FA Cup, Preliminary Round - Attendance: 157
  • 22 September 2020 - Harlow Town 0 Waltham Abbey 1 - FA Cup, 1st Qualifying Round - Attendance: 337
  • 25 September 2020 - Woodford Town 0 Redbridge 2 - Essex Senior League - Attendance: 58
  • 06 October 2020 Harlow Town 2 Chipstead 3 - Isthmian League, South Central Division - Attendance: 156
  • 13 October 2020 Harlow Town 0 Hanwell Town 3 - Isthmian League, South Central Division - Attendance: 128
  • 11 December 2020 - Harlow Town Reserves 2 Frenford Reserves 0 - Essex Senior League, Reserve Division - Attendance: tbc
  • 13 July 2021 - Harlow Town 3 Stansted 0 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
  • 27 July 2021 - Harlow Town 2 East Thurrock United 1 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc

 

Total 82






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