The club was founded in 1939 and played in the Middlesex Senior League until joining the Corinthian League in the 1946–47 season. In 1948 they won the Middlesex Senior Cup. In 1963 the club transferred to Division One of the Athenian League. They finished third in their first season, and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 1966–67 they finished bottom of the division, and were relegated to Division One. This was followed by a second successive relegation to Division Two as they finished bottom of the table again.

In 1972 the club was renamed Edgware. When the Athenian League disbanded in 1984 they joined the London Spartan League, before changing their name back to Edgware Town in 1987. They won the Premier Division of the Spartan League in 1987–88 and 1989–90, and after their second title win, were promoted to Division Two North of the Isthmian League. After league reorganisation in 1991 they were placed in Division Three, which they won the following season. They were relegated back to Division Three in 2001.

In 2006 the now-renamed Division Two was disbanded and Edgware were transferred to the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League. They won it at the first attempt,also winning the Premier Cup and the Challenge Trophy. The club was promoted to Division One North of the Isthmian League, but folded at the end of the 2007–08 season due to their ground having been taken away from them.

 

In 2013 a small committee joined together including Dan and Anthony Manzi (former secretary to the club), Daz Bloor and Ken Batten (former Chairman to the club) decided to push forward and reform the club by agreeing a long lease for Kingsbury Town's old Silver Jubilee Park (SJP) Ground. It applied and was accepted into the Spartan South Midlands League at Step 6 on 22nd May 2014. Edgware started its home games in that season at underhill while work was being carried out at SJP to lay a new 3G artificial surface.

Promotion in 2105/16 to the SSMFL Premier Division was achieved with only 2 defeats in the season, and a excellent Vase run, that was eventually ended in the 2nd Round by Ipswich Wanderers. 

Ground Works were completed in July 2016, bringing the capacity up to 1995, with 5 Covered Stands, 2 of which have seats in. New Floodlights were also installed, with the ground gaining a C Grade rating. 

 

 

As Edgware Town FC:

1946-47   Joined Corinthian League
1953-54   Corinthian League runner-up
1960-61   Missed runner-up spot on goal average
1963-64   Corinthian League disbanded, and along with most of the other
          sides, joined enlarged Athenian League in new Division One
          Missed runner-up spot on goal average
          Promoted to Premier Division
1967      Relegated to Division One
1968      Relegated to Division Two
1972      Renamed Edgware
1987      Edgware changed name back to Edgware Town
1987-88   Spartan League Champions
1989-90   Spartan League Champions
1990-91   Joined Isthmian League Division Two North
1991-92   Placed in Division Three on re-organisation
          Isthmian League Division Three Champions
          Promoted to Division Two
2001      Relegated to Division Three
2002-03   Division Three effectively renamed Division Two on re-organisation
2006-07   Joined Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
          Spartan South Midlands League Champions
2007-08   Rejoined Isthmian League in Division One North
2008      Folded on loss of their ground
2014 Club re-formed accepted into Spartan South Midlands League
SEASON LEAGUE P W D L F A P POS 1946-47 CORINTH 24 6 2 16 40 76 14 12/13 1947-48 CORINTH 26 12 5 9 55 46 29 6/14 1948-49 CORINTH 24 4 8 12 35 43 16 11/13 1949-50 CORINTH 26 10 5 11 50 53 25 9/14 1950-51 CORINTH 26 14 2 10 65 52 30 4/14 1951-52 CORINTH 26 5 5 16 37 60 15 12/14 1952-53 CORINTH 26 11 6 9 65 54 28 7/14 1953-54 CORINTH 26 17 4 5 75 41 38 2/14 1954-55 CORINTH 28 10 7 11 58 60 27 8/15 1955-56 CORINTH 26 7 7 12 30 49 21 10/14 1956-57 CORINTH 28 8 5 15 48 72 21 11/15 1957-58 CORINTH 28 13 5 10 59 54 31 5/15 1958-59 CORINTH 26 11 3 12 49 67 25 8/14 1959-60 CORINTH 30 4 2 24 37 91 10 16/16 1960-61 CORINTH 30 17 6 7 70 40 40 3/16 1961-62 CORINTH 30 15 7 8 47 40 37 4/16 1962-63 CORINTH 30 9 5 16 43 66 23 13/16 1963-64 ATHEN-1 26 17 4 5 72 40 38 3/14 1964-65 ATHEN-P 30 8 5 17 33 78 21 13/16 1965-66 ATHEN-P 30 8 7 15 37 62 23 14/16 1966-67 ATHEN-P 30 2 4 24 19 98 8 16/16 1967-68 ATHEN-1 30 1 6 23 11 77 8 16/16 1968-69 ATHEN-2 30 7 4 19 30 61 18 13/16 1969-70 ATHEN-2 30 10 10 10 38 38 30 8/16 1970-71 ATHEN-2 30 9 8 13 44 58 26 11/16 1971-72 ATHEN-2 30 13 5 12 56 46 31 8/16 1987-88 SPAR-P 32 20 8 4 69 32 68 1/17 1988-89 SPAR-P 38 22 9 7 88 55 75 4/20 1989-90 SPAR-P 36 27 5 4 96 29 86 1/19 1990-91 ISTH-2N 42 17 7 18 73 65 58 14/22 1991-92 ISTH-3 40 30 3 7 106 44 93 1/21 1992-93 ISTH-2 42 16 10 16 84 75 58 11/22 1993-94 ISTH-2 42 16 10 16 88 76 58 11/22 1994-95 ISTH-2 42 16 10 16 70 66 58 13/22 1995-96 ISTH-2 40 16 9 15 72 67 57 10/21 1996-97 ISTH-2 42 20 14 8 74 50 74 6/22 1997-98 ISTH-2 42 18 10 14 81 65 64 7/22 1998-99 ISTH-2 42 14 10 18 65 68 52 14/22 1999-00 ISTH-2 42 13 11 18 72 71 50 14/22 2000-01 ISTH-2 42 9 9 24 41 77 36 20/22 2001-02 ISTH-3 42 9 7 26 65 101 34 19/22 2002-03 ISTH-2 30 10 3 17 49 65 33 12/16 2003-04 ISTH-2 42 12 6 24 62 88 42 13/15 2004-05 ISTH-2 30 12 3 15 40 41 39 8/16 2005-06 ISTH-2 30 13 5 12 46 41 44 7/16 2006-07 SSML-P 40 32 6 2 118 35 102 1/21 2007-08 ISTH-1N 42 20 14 8 53 39 74 8/22
2014-15 SSML-1 40 18 9 13 89 86 63 9/21
2015-16 SSML-1 38 30 6 2 130 45 96 1/20
THE FA CUP
1945-46 PRE BARNET H 1-4 1946-47 PRE HARROW TOWN H 1-2 1947-48 EP ACTON TOWN H 9-0 PRE PINNER H 7-0 1Q HODDESDON TOWN A 2-1 2Q WEALDSTONE H 1-2 1948-49 PRE FINCHLEY H 0-0 PREr FINCHLEY A 1-2 1949-50 EP HODDESDON TOWN H 1-1 EPr HODDESDON TOWN H 3-0 PRE WELWYN GARDEN CITY A 2-0 1Q WARE A 2-0 2Q HATFIELD TOWN H 5-1 3Q WEALDSTONE H 0-1 1950-51 PRE TUFNELL PARK EDMONTON A 2-0 1Q HENDON A 1-7 1951-52 PRE BERKHAMSTED TOWN A 1-3 1952-53 PRE SOUTHALL A 3-1 1Q SLOUGH CENTRE H 2-1 2Q UXBRIDGE A 1-2 1953-54 PRE SOUTHALL H 0-1 1954-55 PRE HAYES H 0-2 1955-56 PRE WIMBLEDON A 1-4 1956-57 PRE WEMBLEY A 1-4 1957-58 PRE SOUTHALL A 0-4 1958-59 1Q DAGENHAM H 0-4 1959-60 1Q HENDON H 0-1 1960-61 1Q FINCHLEY H 3-1 2Q SOUTHALL A 2-2 2Qr SOUTHALL H 3-2 3Q MAIDENHEAD UNITED A 3-3 3Qr MAIDENHEAD UNITED H 0-2 1961-62 1Q SOUTHALL H 2-1 2Q MAIDENHEAD UNITED A 0-1 1962-63 1Q YIEWSLEY H 0-3 1963-64 1Q UXBRIDGE H 1-2 1966-67 1Q UXBRIDGE A 2-1 2Q WARE A 2-2 2Qr WARE H 1-0 3Q BARNET A 1-4 1973-74 1Q HOUNSLOW A 0-2 1974-75 1Q HARLOW TOWN H 1-2 1975-76 1Q DAGENHAM A 1-5 1976-77 1Q WARE A 0-2 1977-78 1Q DUNSTABLE H 4-1 2Q BOREHAM WOOD H 2-2 2Qr BOREHAM WOOD A 2-4 1978-79 1Q CORINTHIAN-CASUALS A 0-0 1Qr CORINTHIAN-CASUALS H 4-0 2Q METROPOLITAN POLICE H 1-0 3Q LEYTON WINGATE A 1-1 3Qr LEYTON WINGATE H 3-1 4Q BARNET H 0-1 1979-80 1Q HEMEL HEMPSTEAD A 2-1 2Q UXBRIDGE A 2-0 3Q BARKING H 0-3 1981-82 PRE STAINES TOWN H 3-1 1Q THAME UNITED H 1-3 1987-88 PRE BANBURY UNITED A 0-3 1988-89 PRE HITCHIN TOWN H 1-4 1989-90 PRE BURNHAM H 1-3 1990-91 PRE ETON MANOR A 2-0 1Q HARROW BOROUGH H 1-0 2Q BILLERICAY TOWN A 0-1 1991-92 PRE SOUTHALL H 4-0 1Q REDDITCH UNITED A 1-5 1992-93 PRE NORWICH UNITED A 0-1 1993-94 PRE FELTHAM & HOUNSLOW BOROUGH H 3-0 1Q FLACKWELL HEATH H 2-0 2Q BURNHAM A 3-1 3Q CHESHAM UNITED H 1-2 1994-95 1Q AVELEY A 2-1 2Q AYLESBURY UNITED A 0-2 1995-96 PRE BEDFORD TOWN A 4-1 1Q CHESHAM UNITED H 0-1 1996-97 PRE FLACKWELL HEATH H 1-1 PREr FLACKWELL HEATH A 1-1 PREr2 FLACKWELL HEATH A 3-0 1Q FORD UNITED H 3-3 1Qr FORD UNITED A 3-2 2Q BARTON ROVERS A 2-1 3Q BOREHAM WOOD A 2-3 1997-98 1Q AYLESBURY UNITED H 2-5 1998-99 1Q GRAYS ATHLETIC H 2-3 1999-00 PRE FORD UNITED A 1-5 2000-01 PRE STOWMARKET TOWN H 2-2 PREr STOWMARKET TOWN A 0-1 2001-02 PRE MILTON KEYNES CITY A 0-2 2002-03 PRE HULLBRIDGE SPORTS A 5-2 1Q CHESHUNT A 0-4 2003-04 PRE CLAPTON H 2-2 PREr CLAPTON A 1-0 1Q ENFIELD TOWN H 0-1 2004-05 EP WEMBLEY A 2-0 PRE IPSWICH WANDERERS H 1-0 1Q BARKINGSIDE H 4-1 2Q NORTH LEIGH H 0-1 2007-08 PRE RAUNDS TOWN A 5-1 1Q POTTERS BAR TOWN H 2-0 2Q EASTBOURNE BOROUGH A 0-2
THE FA TROPHY
2007-08 1Q HASTINGS UNITED H 1-2
THE FA VASE
1987-88 PRE MILTON KEYNES BOROUGH A 1-0 1 YEADING A 1-4 1988-89 PRE BERKHAMSTED TOWN A 3-3 PREr BERKHAMSTED TOWN H 1-4 1989-90 PRE AVELEY H 2-3 1990-91 PRE ARLESEY TOWN A 2-0 1 LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY H 1-0 2 WALTHAMSTOW PENNANT A 1-2 1991-92 PRE FLACKWELL HEATH A 4-1 1 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD A 2-0 2 BASILDON UNITED H 4-3 3 HINCKLEY ATHLETIC H 2-1 4 WELTON ROVERS H 3-1 5 GUISELEY A 0-4 1992-93 2 BARTON ROVERS H 1-4 1993-94 1 FELTHAM & HOUNSLOW BOROUGH H 1-0 2 WISBECH TOWN H 1-2 1994-95 PRE COCKFOSTERS A 0-3 1995-96 1Q MILTON KEYNES A 2-1 2Q COCKFOSTERS A 2-1 1 WINGATE & FINCHLEY H 4-1 2 HADLEIGH UNITED A 2-0 3 WIVENHOE TOWN A 1-3 1996-97 2Q LETCHWORTH A 5-0 1 STAMFORD A 1-3 1997-98 2Q KINGSBURY TOWN H 6-0 1 WOOTTON BLUE CROSS A 1-0 2 BASILDON UNITED A 2-3 1998-99 2Q HARWICH & PARKESTON H 4-2 1 DISS TOWN A 0-1 1999-00 2Q HALSTEAD TOWN A 1-3 2000-01 1Q BICESTER TOWN A 0-1 2001-02 1Q WITHAM TOWN A 1-3 2002-03 1Q LOWESTOFT TOWN A 3-4 2003-04 1Q NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN H 2-1 2Q KINGSBURY TOWN H 3-1 1 BIGGLESWADE TOWN A 2-0 2 WROXHAM H 2-3 2004-05 2Q STOWMARKET TOWN A 3-2 1 WALTHAM ABBEY H 2-1 2 POTTON UNITED H 1-4 2006-07 1Q HERTFORD TOWN H 3-0 2Q LONG BUCKBY H 3-0 1 BRENTWOOD TOWN H 3-1 2 SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN H 3-0 3 HALSTEAD TOWN A 1-0 4 WHITEHAWK A 1-1 4r WHITEHAWK H 0-1
2015-16 1Q Wellingboro Whitworth A 6-3
2Q Winslow United H 6-0
1 Whitton United H 5-2
2 Kirkley & Pakefield A 2-1
3 Ipswich Wanderers H 0-3


 

 

As Edgware FC (1972-1987):

 

1972      Edgware Town changed name
1976-77   Two points deducted
1977-78   Athenian League Divisions One and Two merged
1981-82   Athenian League runner-up
1984      Athenian League disbanded, joined London Spartan League
1985-86   One game, against Redhill not played. Points awarded to Redhill
1987-88   League changed name to Spartan League
1987      Changed name back to Edgware Town

SEASON    LEAGUE     P    W    D    L    F    A    P      POS

1972-73   ATHEN-2   26   11   10    5   32   20   32      5/14
1973-74   ATHEN-2   30    9    6   15   33   54   24     12/16
1974-75   ATHEN-2   28    9    1   18   33   44   19     13/15
1975-76   ATHEN-2   30   14   10    6   36   29   38      3/16
1976-77   ATHEN-2   28   11    5   12   29   36   25 *    9/15
1977-78   ATHEN     34   14   14    6   54   29   42      6/18
1978-79   ATHEN     36   19   11    6   83   34   49      3/19
1979-80   ATHEN     38   15   11   12   62   63   41     10/20
1980-81   ATHEN     38   20    8   10   77   38   48      5/20
1981-82   ATHEN     36   20   10    6   76   52   50      2/19
1982-83   ATHEN     38   12    7   19   48   62   31     14/20
1983-84   ATHEN     40   13    8   19   47   51   47     13/21
1984-85   LON S-P   32    8    9   15   40   55   25     14/17
1985-86   LON S-P   29   11    6   12   40   37   28      7/16
1986-87   LON S-P   32   17    5   10   56   37   56      4/17

 

F.A. CUP

 

1980-81   PRE   HODDESDON TOWN                      H    4-3
          1Q    TIPTREE UNITED                      A    1-0
          2Q    CHELMSFORD CITY                     A    1-3
1982-83   1Q    BEDFORD TOWN                        H    W/O
          2Q    WOODFORD TOWN                       H    0-1
1983-84   1Q    WINDSOR & ETON                      H    0-5
1984-85   PRE   SUDBURY TOWN                        A    1-8
1985-86   PRE   ERITH & BELVEDERE                   H    1-1
          PREr  ERITH & BELVEDERE                   A    0-1
1986-87   PRE   CORINTHIAN-CASUALS                  H    2-2
          PREr  CORINTHIAN-CASUALS                  A    0-1    @ Molesey

 

F.A. TROPHY

 

1974-75   PRE   WARE                                H    2-2
          PREr  WARE                                A    3-2
          1Q    SOUTHALL                            A    1-0
          2Q    CAMBRIDGE CITY                      A    1-3

 

F.A. VASE

 

1976-77   PRE   BANSTEAD ATHLETIC                   H    3-2
          1     FELTHAM{1}                          H    2-0
          2     EGHAM TOWN                          H    2-0
          3     EAST HAM UNITED                     A    1-2
1977-78   1     ALMA SWANLEY                        A    1-4
1978-79   PRE   VAUXHALL MOTORS (LUTON)             A    0-2
1979-80   PRE   WITHAM TOWN                         H    3-1
          1     AMPTHILL TOWN                       H    1-1
          1r    AMPTHILL TOWN                       A    6-2
          2     BARTON ROVERS                       A    2-1
          3     HEMEL HEMPSTEAD                     H    1-0
          4     BILLERICAY TOWN                     A    1-2
1980-81   PRE   WOLVERTON TOWN                      A    2-1
          1     SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN                 H    1-2
1981-82   PRE   BALDOCK TOWN{1}                     A    3-2
          1     HARPENDEN TOWN                      A    1-2
1982-83   PRE   BRAINTREE                           H    3-1
          1     EPPING TOWN                         A    1-2
1983-84   PRE   LETCHWORTH GARDEN CITY              A    1-0
          1     HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS                    H    1-1
          1r    HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS                    A    2-3
1984-85   PRE   CLACTON TOWN                        A    1-2
1985-86   PRE   AMPTHILL TOWN                       A    3-3
          PREr  AMPTHILL TOWN                       H    0-1
1986-87   PRE   VAUXHALL MOTORS (LUTON)             A    0-0
          PREr  VAUXHALL MOTORS (LUTON)             H    1-2

 

At the Match Report:
As you would expect the smaller clubs tend to struggle, though not for the reasons you would think. Despite the Premier League duo sitting nearby the non-league clubs in the area don’t struggle to attract the crowds. Although they draw nowhere near as many as Arsenal they certainly get enough through the gate to get by. No, what damages the likes of Hendon and Edgware Town are those cursed property developers.

 

Hendon had been playing in their Claremont Road Stadium for over 80 years when Fairview Homes swooped and redeveloped it into a housing estate. They now share a ground with Harrow, who were subjected to a similar fate. The story of Edgware Town takes a different path though, with one man’s vision for the club bringing it back from the dead. After winning the treble in the 2006-07 season they found themselves in Division 1 North of the Isthmian League. All was going well, before disaster struck.

 

Property developers purchased the land that the club’s stadium, the White Lion Ground, sat upon. The club were kicked out of their ground after the local authorities granted planning permission to the developer. As a result they were homeless and penniless and had little choice but to fold. Several years in the wilderness followed before in 2013 a small committee was formed. Dan Manzi sits at the head of it, with Anthony Manzi, Daz Bloor and Ken Batten (the club’s former Chairman) also members.

 

Dan Manzi explains how this came about, saying “in 2007/08 I approached the then Chairman to hand me over the reigns on the promise we would find a local venue to reestablish the club.” Although Manzi realised it was a large task to undertake, even he acknowledges he perhaps underestimated it. “At some points we thought its probably going to be hard to get it back. We always knew it was going to be a struggle but we always had hope, which drove us on until the end.”

 

Perseverance prevailed and a deal was reached with fellow local team Kingsbury Town, who no longer used their ground the Silver Jubilee Stadium. Manzi’s business partner owns the ground which means that the rent “isn’t particularly hefty whilst the cost is also sustainable with minimal fundraising and gate money.” It brings other advantages as well. The ground is located near to the original ground and is fairly small. This may sound like a negative but the club have been playing some games at Barnet’s old stadium Underhill this season, which was just too big for the club to fill. Manzi looks back on the time spent at the stadium, saying that “it was empty! It had a few echoes, not a lot of atmosphere and the slope didn’t do us any favours!”

 

Although acknowledging that it was nice to play in a ground of that calibre, Manzi made it clear that it was the Silver Jubilee Stadium that was now the club’s spiritual home. Sometimes smaller is better. The new ground brings with it better facilities. A decent sized hall which can be used for fundraising and which will inevitably bring a greater sense of community - vital for smaller clubs such as Edgware if they wish to survive long term.

 

But how has this all been financed? Manzi owns a football coaching company called Excel Sport, which he says “effectively financed the resurrection.” As well as using the company to relaunch the club it will (in theory) provide a steady stream of players for the first team. Affiliated with the Hertfordshire FA and recognised as being one of the leading providers of children’s coaching Excel will help Manzi’s goal of self-sustainability. Edgware currently have nine youth teams and with a steady supply of talent from Excel are hoping to improve and expand.

 

The youth system has also helped to create a fan base for the club. As players progress through the ranks their family naturally follows them, helping to bestow a community atmosphere on the club. With a new stadium and a top quality youth system behind the club Edgware Town appear to be a club that are ready to thrive. Manzi has high hopes for the future, with plans for a youth team for every age group. The senior team is improving as well and promotion is on the cards for next year. “The team that finished this season had the strongest back end of the season of any team in the league. Were hoping to win promotion and then get promoted again if we can.”

 

The long term aim is to get the club back to where it was in 2007/08, at the lower end of the Ryman league. Manzi says a cup run would be nice at some point but the overarching desire is for the club to establish itself on stable footing and as a well respected club. Once that is done, who knows what the future could hold?

 

Many thanks to the Football Club History Database www.fchd.info