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Statement from the club
As you are probably aware due to lack of funds Edgware Town Football Club have been unable to confirm that they have a ground secured for the coming season 2008-2009. For this reason they have had to resign from Ryman Division One North as well as the Middlesex & FA Cup Competitions.
The club will not be dissolved and will remain as a registered member of the Middlesex Football Association; Mr Batten will remain as Chairman of the Club.
This means that if funding can be found in the future or a ground can be secured the club will be able to continue under the name of Edgware Town Football Club.
Previous history by Gavin Shaw
Edgware Town was formed in the summer of 1939 by a group of football enthusiasts who worked for the construction and engineering firm, William Moss & Sons based in Cricklewood. The firm had taken over the sports ground located in the High Street, formerly used by Edgware Rugby Club.
Shortly after the outbreak of war in September 1939, Edgware joined the West Middlesex Combination and became champions for 1939-40. This league was re-named the Middlesex Senior League for the following season and Edgware won the title outright in 1943-44 they were joint winners, with Twickenham, the following season.
After the war
On the resumption of "official" football at the end of the war, Edgware joined the London League and won the Western section but lost to Woolwich Polytechnic, the Eastern section winners, in the championship play-off. Edgware also reached the Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup loosing 2-0 to Wealdstone.
For the 1946-47 season, Edgware joined the recently formed Corinthian League and in the following season could justly claim to be one of the leading amateur clubs in the south-east of England by reaching the Final of the London Senior Cup, losing to Leytonstone 2-0 and winning the Middlesex Senior Cup defeating Enfield 2-1. Severe fixture congestion towards the end of the season hindered Edgware's chances of winning the Corinthian League title. The team reached the Final of the Corinthian League Memorial Shield but lost 1-0 to Erith and Belvedere.
FA Cup record
The record attendance (estimated at 8500) at the White Lion ground was set in October 1947 for the F.A. Cup tie against Wealdstone. There was another large attendance in October 1949 when an estimated 7100 saw another F.A. Cup tie against Wealdstone this game was televised in full by the B.B.C.
The next successful season was 1953-54 when the club finished runners-up to Carshalton Athletic in the Corinthian League and won the Memorial Shield beating the champions in the Final. The Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup was reached for a third time, but Edgware lost 3-0 to Southall.
At the end of the 1962-63 season, the Corinthian League was disbanded and Edgware were placed in Division 1 of the Athenian League, they were the last winners of the Memorial shield beating Wokingham Town in the two-legged Final. Edgware finished third in the 1963-64 season and were promoted to the Athenian League Premier Division.
The pitch was levelled at the end of the 1963-64 season but difficulties with the new surface were to cause the club serious financial difficulties in the next few seasons and in 1964-65 and 1966-67 many home matches had to be played on opponents' grounds. Successive relegations followed and by the 1968-69 season Edgware had dropped to the Athenian League 2nd Division.
Dropping the town
In 1970, Edgware dropped the "Town" from its name and merged with local junior side, Brent Green who provided several club officials. In 1973-74 the Middlesex Senior Cup Final was reached again but Hendon won 4-1 on aggregate over two legs. Floodlights were installed in 1979 and when the grounds old wooden stand was destroyed by fire in 1984 it was replaced with an impressive concrete and metal structure that still gives an impressive view of football played at the ground.
In 1981-82 Edgware finished second in the now single division Athenian League but were not promoted to the Isthmian League as the ground was not considered to be of a suitable standard. At the end of the 1984-85 season, the Athenian League disbanded and Edgware were placed in the Premier division of the Spartan League. The appointment of Brian Rider as manager heralded a revival in the club's fortunes.
The "double" of league and cup was achieved in 1987-88 but again promotion to the Isthmian League was denied because the ground facilities did not meet the requirements stipulated. However, after winning the Spartan League again in 1989-90, Edgware's application to join the Isthmian was at last approved and for the 1990-91 season played in Division 2 North. A lower-half league position meant that Edgware played in Division 3 the following season. However, the title was won in dramatic fashion with victory in the very last game of the season. Edgware reached the Final of the Middlesex Charity Cup losing 3-1 at Yeading to a strong Chelsea X1 and enjoyed the most successful run in the F.A. Vase to date getting to Round 5, the last sixteen, losing to the holders and eventual losing finalists, Guiseley.
Edgware made a fifth appearance in the 1994 Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup but lost 2-1 to Staines Town. At the end of the season, prolific goalscorer, Scott McGleish, son of the club's coach, joined Charlton Athletic and has subsequently played for Leyton Orient, Peterborough, Colchester United, Barnet and Northampton. Brian Rider resigned early in the 1994-95 season and Jim McGleish took over. In 1996-97, Edgware won the Harrow Senior Cup played at the beginning of the season and the Middlesex Charity Cup at the end, beating Wembley 1-0 in the Final. A league position of 6th was most commendable.
Edgware Town Scarf
The White Lion Public House that had given the ground its name, was demolished in 1997 and a hotel, the Premier Lodge was built on the site. The club struggled through the following years, owing to financial difficulties with a succession of managers and officials trying to revive the club's fortunes but at the end of the 2000-01 season the club was relegated to Division 3 of the Ryman (Isthmian) League. In 2004, following another re-organisation of the Ryman League, Edgware Town were placed into Division 2. Long time supporter and officer of the club Ken Batten was appointed as Chairman at the beginning of the season.
Steve Newing and Del Deanus took over management of football at the club and they attracted many new players. The team finished in seventh place in their last season in the Ryman league, their best finish in the last eight years. However, this Division was disbanded at the end of the 2005-06 season, the ‘Wares’ chose to move to the Spartan South Midlands League for the 2006 -07 season where they achieved remarkable success winning the Treble of the League, with a record average of 2.55 points per game, the Premier Division Cup, beating Oxhey Jets in the final and the Challenge Trophy beating Stony Stratford Town. Some extensive work at the White Lion secured an E grading and so Edgware will be promoted back into the Ryman First Division North the 2007 - 08 season.
Steve is a past Captain of the club and still holds the record for most goals scored in a season Steve scored an incredible 177 goals during his time at Edgware. Del comes from the Management team at Northwood but has committed his future to Edgware Town.
Edgware reinstated a reserve side last season which added strength in depth to the club and were a factor in the First Team success, finishing a creditable fourth in the Suburban League Northern Division
Amateur internationals, Colin Barker (England) and Jim McCarthy (Northern Ireland) have worn the club's colours of green and white and several players have joined Football League clubs including Dave Underwood (Watford and Liverpool), Billy Dare (West Ham United), Bedford Jezzard and Brian Alexander (Fulham), Ron Springett (QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and England), Brian Stein (Luton and England) and Dave Beasant (Wimbledon, Newcastle United, Chelsea and Nottingham Forest). The Brian Stein transfer paid for the floodlights and a "sell-on" clause in the Dave Beasant contract meant that Edgware received a substantial sum when Wimbledon sold him to Newcastle United and the money was spent on improvements to the ground and club house. More recently Scott McGleish (Wycombe), Leon Constantine (Port Vale) and Anthony Thomas (Barnet) have moved up to League football.
No history of the club would be complete without a tribute to founder member, President and Chairman, E.L.Lester, who retired from office in 1963, his vision and leadership ensured the club's survival during the war years.
last updated: 11/06/2008 at 17:28
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