Enfield FC
Enfield FC

Club History

Founded in August 1893 as Enfield Spartans by John Bruce Skinner the club spent their initial season playing friendlies. They entered their first league the Tottenham & District Junior Alliance for the season 1894-95. Moving to the larger Tucker's Field they joined the North Middlesex League in 1896 which was won in 1901-02 and 1902-03 after which 'senior' status was attained. In 1900 the Spartans was dropped which was accompanied by a move to Cherry Orchard Lane in 1903 and they joined the London League (Div2) which was won in 1911 and promotion to the Premier Division. In 1912 Enfield FC was invited to become a founder member of the Athenian League and in 1913-14 the Middlesex Senior cup was won for the first time.
Football was suspended during WW1 and on resumption they spent a season in the Middlesex & London league before returning to the Athenian League in 1921 a championship that was not won until 1961-62 and was retained in 1962-63. In1934-35 Enfield finished second in the league reached the semi-finals of the FA Amateur Cup and won the London senior Cup for the first time before moving to a new purpose built stadium at Southbury Road in 1936. The Athenian league was suspended during WWII although the E's did compete in the Herts. & Middlesex Combination for a short period. In 1945 Jack Rawlings and Len West both gained international caps and Hendon were defeated 1-0 in the Middlesex Senior Cup final at White Hart Lane in 1959-60 England Amateur international centre forward Tommy Lawrence netted a club record 49 goals in one season. In 1963 Enfield Hendon Hitchin and Sutton were invited to join the Isthmian League Enfield were particularly successful during this period as they finished champions on seven occasions including two hat tricks. In 1966-67 and 1969-70 the FA Amateur Cup was won and there were further visits to the twin towers (Wembley) as they reached the 1963-64 and 1971-72 finals. Enfield also won the European Amateur Cup in 1970 and the Hitachi Challenge Cup in 1979 and 1980 as well as the Middlesex and London senior cups on numerous occasions. During this 1970s period Enfield defeated football league clubs, Wimbledon & Northampton Town in the F A cup.
Enfield joined the Alliance Premier League (Now Conference) in 1981-82 and found immediate success. Having finished runners up at the first attempt they went one better in 1982/83 by securing the championship on the last day of the season at the home of the previous champions Runcorn. This was won for a second time in 1985/86, but relegation overtook them in a disastrous 1989-90 campaign. During the 1980s the FA Trophy was won in 1982 and 1988 with "Lincoln City" being beaten en route .Also during this period Football League clubs Wimbledon (again) Hereford, Port Vale, Exeter & Orient all succumbed to Enfield in the FA Cup . Enfield won the 1994-95 Isthmian league title by fourteen points and the following season finished level on points but lost the title to Hayes on goal difference by just one goal 1996-97 season saw them finish runners up for a second successive season; But Enfield did have more FA Cup success during the 1990s defeating Aldershot, Torquay, Cardiff & Chesterfield. The Southbury Road stadium was controversially sold for development in 1999, Decline set in and after struggling to preserve their Premier Division status during 1999-2000 & 2001-02 2003. The E's were relegated for only the second time in their history at the end of the 2002-03 season followed by a second successive relegation in 2003-04 into division 2. Enfield was being run by a new committee from November 2003 as they started the long hard journey to remove the club from the former owners failed business. The new committee that came into the club during the 2003/04 season had a successful first season in Ryman division 2 which saw the E's win promotion into the Southern League East division 1 with a mid table finish secured. Season 2006/07 saw the E's moved back to Ryman division 1 with another mid table finish. But another cruel twist forced the E's to resign and rename as Enfield 1893 FC after the fight to remove the club from the former owners debt was lost and E's found themselves in the Essex senior League. The E's finished season 2007/08 level on points but as in the 1994/95 season lost out on goal difference. Hoping to go one better than in 2008/09 The E’s finished second again and reached the final of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy losing 3-1, For the 2009/10 season Enfield moved closer to the Borough of Enfield by ground sharing at Broxbourne Borough FC after a run in the FA Cup that ended in defeat by Conference South high flyers Chelmsford City the season petered out with Enfield finishing forth in the League. 2010 Enfield Back in the borough after 11 years away A twist of fate in February 2010 saw Brimsdown Rovers who were struggling financially contacted the Enfield Board to let them know that Brimsdown Rovers FC would be resigning from the Spartan South Midland League at the end of the 2009/10 season to field only youth teams from the 2010/11 season onwards and also to see if we would be interested in moving back into the Borough to play at Goldsdown Road which we have accepted also some members of the Brimsdown Football committee will be joining the Enfield committee. In our first season back in the borough at Goldsdown Road we reached the League cup final loosing to Stansted FC and also becoming the Essex Senior League champions but were denied promotion to step four due to the Goldsdown Road ground not meeting certain criteria. The 2011/12 season hopes were we would go one better than last season by winning the league and gaining promotion to step 4 but after a good run in the FA Vase to the fourth round the season fell away and we finished in seventh place in the league. In the 2012/13 season we finished 9th in the league & a good run in the FA Vase to the fourth round again. The 2013/14 season was a good one finishing in 3rd spot with 91pts, the winning team had 92pts & going out in the 2nd round of the FA Vase. Under a new management team in the 2014/15 season & moving to the Harlow Arena, because Brimsdown didn’t meet ground grading we finished disappointing in 16th position & going out in the 1st round of the FA Vase. The 2015/16 saw a change of management again & finishing in 20th position & going out in 1st qualifying round of FA Vase. The 2016/17 finishing in 19th position & going out in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Vase. In 2017/18 season we finished 9th position in the Essex Senior League & going out in the 3rd round of the FA Vase.