Mick's Football Memories

Mick’s Football Memories – Part 18

By now my interest in football was very much focused on non league and the North Herts. area in particular. Apart from playing for Knebworth and watching evening matches at Hitchin Town and Stevenage Town, I now started watching Letchworth Town in the Athenian League as well. Letchworth did not have floodlights at this time and opportunities to watch them were fairly limited.

The 1966/67 season saw Kings Langley win the Herts. County League Premier Division, new club Cockfosters Athletic won Division One, another new club Tudor Corinthians won Division Two and a third new club Harpenden Rovers won Division Three. Knebworth finished thirteenth out of sixteen in the Premier Division, while the Reserves finished fourth in Division Two. Leggatts Way Old Boys won the Aubrey Cup, putting seven goals past Ware Reserves, whilst conceding two in return. Four Herts. County League sides entered the Amateur Cup, Buntingford Town, Royston Town and Saffron Walden Town were all defeated in the Preliminary Round, with Rickmansworth Town losing in the First Qualifying round, having received a bye in the previous round.

Hitchin Town continued to struggle in the Isthmian League after the “Shamateurism” saga and finished nineteenth out of twenty.

Stevenage Town had a much happier time in the Southern League Division One, finishing in third place. In the Southern League promotion and relegation was on a four up four down basis, enabling Stevenage to gain promotion to the Premier Division.

The Athenian League was structured in a Premier Division, Division One and Division Two. Letchworth Town played in Division One and finished in mid table. Several Hertfordshire sides competed in the Athenian League at this time. Bishops Stortford and Hemel Hempstead Town were in the Premier Division, Hertford Town and Cheshunt, together with Letchworth were in Division One and Borehamwood and Ware in Division Two. Ware finished second and were promoted to Division One.

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