Mick's Football Memories

Mick’s Football Memories – Part 20

In the Herts. County League the 1968/69 season ended with Leggatts Way Old Boys winning the Premier Division, Sandridge Rovers achieving a second successive promotion and winning Division One, Mount Grace Old Scholars winning Division Two and Stansted Reserves Division Three. The Aubrey Cup was won by Marconi Instruments defeating Rolls Royce Engines 2-0.

The season appeared to have ended disastrously for Knebworth as the first team finished fifteenth in the Premier Division, in a relegation place, having only secured ten points all season and staying off the bottom on goal average only. The reserves were in Division One and finished in lower mid table but not in a relegation place. However if the first team were relegated then the reserves would be as well, because two teams from the same club could not compete in the same division. By a stroke of luck the runners up in Division One were Sun Sports Reserves, who could not be promoted as their first team was in the Premier Division. This created a vacancy in the Premier Division and at the AGM, Knebworth were elected to fill it enabling the reserves to stay in Division One.

The same four County League teams competed in the Amateur Cup with Buntingford Town defeating Royston Town 3-1 in the Preliminary Round being the only success.

Hitchin Town were now fully recovered from the events of the last few years and finished runners up in the Isthmian League behind champions Enfield. This was and still is to date the highest position they have attained in the Isthmian League.

A new club was formed in Stevenage to take the place of the defunct Stevenage Town. This was Stevenage Athletic, they joined the Metropolitan League and would play on the same ground at Broadhall Way.

Another important happening this season was the formation of the Northern Premier League. This was a league primarily based in the North West of England for semi professional clubs. It was formed by progressive clubs from the Cheshire County League and the Lancashire Combination. The first champions were Macclesfield Town.

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