Sunday, 17 November 2013

Hadley FC

Sunday 17th November 2013 kick off 14:00 hrs.                                          

FA Vase Second Round

Hadley FC 1 v Brantham Athletic 2
Watkins Road,
Potters Bar,

Admission : £6
Programme : £1
Tea : £1
Attendance: 82
Weather : Cold and overcast
Game number :71

Hadley Football Club were founded in 1882 and started playing in the North Middlesex League. After the Second world war the joined the Barnet and District League and, from about 1947, played at Wrotham Park at the Barnet end of Kitts End Road. Hadley played there until about 1955 when they then moved to Barnet Playing Fields in order to "have some better facilities"and joined the North Suburban Intermediate league. The club then joined the Mid-Herts Football League and won the Premier Division twice in 1975–76 and 1976–77, as well as the Mid Herts Premier Division Shield in 1976–77.

In the 1977–78 season the club joined the Hertfordshire Senior County League, starting in Division Three and winning that division in their first attempt. The club also moved grounds to enable them to progress to the Herts Senior County League and moved to a pitch with better facilities in St. Albans Road, Barnet (current home of Bridgedown Golf Club). However they only had a single season at this ground as they were told that the pitch was no longer available to hire, so they moved to Chandos Avenue, Whetstone, until 1985. Their first season at Chandos Avenue also saw the club gain promotion to the Premier division.

The club stayed in the Hertfordshire Senior County League until 1985 when they joined the Southern Olympian League and moved grounds again to play at the Woodside Park Club, Southover, Totteridge. The club moved grounds again in 1992 to their present home of Parkfield and re-joined the Herts Senior County League in the 1999–00 season. Two seasons later they won the Division One championship and moved up to the Premier Division. In the 2003–04 season the club won the Premier Division and the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy. They maintained their winning form by winning the league again the following season and in the 2005–06 they won the Aubrey Cup.

At the end of the 2006–07 season the club made an application to join the Spartan South Midlands league, this was blocked by the Herts County League, so the following season (2007–08) the club, dropped out of the Herts County league and played its football in the West Herts Saturday League, winning the Premier Division at the first attempt. A further application was made to join the Spartan South Midlands League, and the club was accepted into division two for the start of the 2008–09 season. The club gained promotion to Division One in their first season of Spartan South Midlands League, and repeated the promotion process again a season later. Also in the 2009–10 season the club entered the FA Vase for the first time, and one season later made their debut in the FA Cup.


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