The History of Enfield FC and Enfield Town FC
Founded in August 1893 as Enfield Spartans, the club spent their initial season playing friendlies. The Spartans entered the Tottenham & District Junior Alliance for the 1894-95 season, playing at Baileys Field, but upon joining the North Middlesex League in 1896 the club moved to the larger Tucker's Field. The fledgling club changed its name in 1900, dropping Spartans and becoming Enfield FC. It was also decided that a larger ground was necessary and a ground was found at Cherry Orchard Lane.
These changes heralded immediate success when the North Middlesex Premier Division title was won in 1902 and 1903 with the club suffering just one league defeat in those two seasons.The second title win prompted Enfield to apply for senior status and join the much stronger London League. They started a ten year sojourn with that League in Division Two. Having been promoted to division One the E's made steady progress but had to wait until 1911 before the title was won and promotion to the Premier Division gained.
In 1912 the club were invited to become a founder member of the Athenian League. In 1914 they won the Middlesex Senior Cup for the first time. After the cessation of hostilities in 1918 the club entered the Middlesex and the London Leagues before returning to the Athenian League in 1921. The club remained in the Athenian League until 1963. The most successful pre-war season was 1934-35 when Enfield finished second in the league, reached the semi final of the FA Amateur cup and won the London Senior Cup for the first time. That season also marked the end of the career of goal scoring hero Walter Green, who, in eleven seasons with the club amassed 180 goals, a record that was beaten only by the great Tommy Lawrence with 191 goals some 28 years later.Southbury Road
Enfield moved to a new stadium in Southbury Road in 1936. War inturrupted affairs, but the club kept playing in the Herts & Middlesex Combination. With the resumption of the Athenian League in 1945 their fortunes briefly rose, but success was short lived with only a Middlesex Senior Cup Final victory at White Hart Lane to show for it. Enfield had to wait until 1959 before success was again tasted. The Athenian League championship finally came to Southbury Road in 1962 in some style as every home game was won. The championship was retained by a margin of seven points in 1962-63. Once again all home games were won and the side scored a League record of 130 goals, dropping just six points all season.Isthmian League
It was then that the Isthmian League, generally regarded as the strongest amateur league in the south, increased its constitution and invited Enfield to join. Their first stay in the league lasted 18 years. They were particularly successful being involved in the championship race in sixteen seasons - they finished as champions seven times, including two hat-tricks. Enfield's best season was undoubtedly 1977-78. A 4-1 victory at Bishops Stortford on the final Saturday of the season saw them break the previous points tally record held by Hendon. Enfield finished 31 points clear of their nearest challengers, amassing 110 points from the 42 games, having won 35. Twenty-four seasons on this record remains intact.Alliance Premier (Conference)
The club continued its climb to the peak of non-league football, joining the Alliance Premier League (now the Conference) in 1981. They finished runners-up in their first season and, in 1983 captured the title on the last day of the season. In those days there was no direct promotion to the Football League. They won the title again in 1986 with a side generally regarded as one of the finest non-league teams of the modern era. The club were championship contenders in five of the nine seasons before they were relegated in 1990
Enfield's 1995 Isthmian League title victory was their eighth in 25 seasons at this level. In winning the league by 14 points the team set a new club record of 15 consecutive wins. Unfortunately the club were refused entry into the Conference as they had failed to meet the stringent financial criteria laid down by the league. In 1996, having put matters right off the field, the E's were denied a return to the Conference when they were pipped to the title on the last day of the season by Hayes by just one goal. The following season the E's enjoyed another remarkable run of success but finished runners up yet again. They suffered just three defeats, scored more goals and conceed less than any club in the division and remained unbeaten away from home. Despite all this, Yeovil Town pipped them to the title.Cup Glories
Enfield's cup record is legendary. They won the FA Trophy in 1982 and 1988 and the FA Amateur Cup in 1967 and 1970. Coupled with two further Amateur Cup Final appearances in 1964 and 1972, they have now visited Wembley Stadium six times. Enfield also won the European Amateur Cup in 1970, the Hitachi Challenge Cup in 1979 and 1980 and the Middlesex and London Senior Cups on 21 occasions.
They have reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup no fewer than 30 times, progressing to the Second Round eighteen times. the Third Round four times and the Fourth Round in 1981. During that run to the Fourth Round Enfield beat Hereford United and Port Vale before suffering a replay defeat to Barnsley in front of over 35,000 fans at White Hart Lane. Other League scalps include Wimbledon (twice), Northampton Town, Exeter City, Aldershot, Cardiff City, Torquay United and Chesterfield.Enfield Town FC
Enfield Town Football Club was formed by Enfield supporters who were disillusioned by the failure of Enfield FC club chairman Tony Lazarou to progress an earlier agreement to transfer ownership of the club to the supporters organisation. 89% of the Enfield Supporters Trust members who voted (263-34) agreed to form the new club, which would play its fixtures at Brimsdown Rovers FC in the Essex Senior League from the start of the 2001/02 season.
The club are currently negotiating financial backing with local sponsors and are looking for a permanent home for Enfield Town FC within the borough when the one-year deal with Brimsdown Rovers is reviewed. Jim Chandler, former manager of Enfield FC has been appointed manager and is currently gathering a squad together to challenge for the Essex Premier League title.
Meanwhile, off the field a no less important team is being assembled, with supporters moving over from Enfield FC to offer their services for free in a variety of roles, ensuring that when the 2001/02 season kicks off, the club, its players and supporters will know that any success will be achieved through teamwork both on and off the pitch.
I am grateful to both Roger Reed for text and Jim Cunneen for his Cup Final information. As and when more information becomes available I will expand these pages, but for now the history section will be based here.