Essex Senior League
Sporting Bengal 1 v Tower Hamlets FC 2
Mile End Stadium
190 Burdett Rd
London E3 4HL
Attendance : 110
Admission : £6
Tea : £1:00
Weather : Still Pleasant
Game Number : 28 New Ground Number: 22
The club was formed in 1996 to encourage Asian football in London. They initially played in the London Intermediate League until they gained senior status in 2003, whereupon they joined the Kent League. In 2005, they were one of the first Asian teams to play in the FA Cup, along with London APSA of the Essex Senior League, whose roots are in the neighbouring borough of Newham. The Sporting Bengal set-up is unusual in that it is operated by the Bangladesh Football Association (UK) and players are selected from (and retain their affiliation with) the Sunday league clubs which are affiliated to that organisation. In 2011 the club signed up ex Wycombe Wanderers and Wimbledon striker Shahed Ahmed. They were also unusual in being the only Kent League club to play their home matches north of the River Thames, outside the traditional borders of Kent.
The club made history by being the first Asian football team to reach the 3rd round proper of the FA Vase cup in the 2011–12 campaign.
The Ragged School Museum ( below right) is a museum in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The museum was opened in 1990 in the premises of the former Dr Barnardo's Copperfield Road Ragged School. The school opened in 1877 to serve the children of Mile End with a basic education. It closed in 1908 when the London School Boards were sufficiently established to take over the work.
The museum is housed in three canal side warehouses at 46-50 Copperfield Road. The buildings were saved from demolition in the 1980s by local residents and a trust set up to manage the property in 1990.
Flysouth tours recommend : AM Museum PM Football Match - this way everyone is happy!
Mile End Stadium foreground - Canary Wharf in the background.
Edgar Davids moonlighting again - by running the line.