Mick's Football Memories

Mick’s Football Memories – Part 19

Just like Wolves of the 1950’s Leggatts Way Old Boys would dominate the Herts. County League for a decade, from the mid sixties to the mid seventies. They had won promotion to the Premier Division for the start of the 1962/63 season, which was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Over the next twelve years they would win the Premier Division Championship six times, finish as runners up four times and third twice. They also won the Aubrey Cup four times during this period. They would win the Premier Division title one more time at the end of the 1979/80 season, before the inevitable decline set in. They dominated the league during my playing days, played some wonderful football and really were something special. They had two name changes during this period, dropping “Way” and becoming Leggatts Old Boys for the 1973/74 season and merging with Sunday side Evergreen to take their name for the 1980/81 season, moving to their current ground at South Way. During this period they also tasted success in Herts. FA competitions, including the Herts Charity Shield, where they competed successfully against teams from more senior leagues.

At the conclusion of the 1967/68 season Leggatts Way Old Boys won the Herts. County League Premier Division title for what would be the first of five successive championships. Tudor Corinthians achieved a second successive promotion winning Division One, Sandridge Rovers won Division Two and Redbourn Reserves Division Three. Knebworth finished mid table in the Premier Division, while the Reserves finished runners up in Division Two and were promoted. Leggatts Way Old Boys failed to achieve the double being beaten by Kings Langley by two goals to one in the Aubrey Cup Final. The same four County League teams competed in the Amateur Cup with exactly the same result as the previous season.

In senior non league football Hitchin Town showed signs of recovering from the “Shamateurism” saga finishing in mid table in the Isthmian League, with Enfield winning the championship.

Stevenage Town finished just above the relegation places, in what was a very strong Southern League Premier Division but sadly resources had been stretched considerably to play at this level and the club folded.

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