Mick's Football Memories

Mick’s Football Memories – part 21

1969 saw the inception of the FA Trophy. This was a competition for semi professional clubs, who unlike their amateur counterparts had never had a competition they could compete in with a realistic chance of winning it. Their only entry into national cup competitions was the FA Cup, where realistically they would only compete in the early rounds. The fortunate ones would get through to the First Round Proper, hoping to get drawn against a football league team, gaining a significant financial reward and with the chance of becoming “giant killers”. On a very rare occasion a non league club would make it to the Third Round Proper where the prospect of meeting a Division One side awaited. Now probably due to the creation of the Northern Premier League a year earlier they had a competition of their own. The Southern League and the Northern Premier League were the dominant force in semi professional football, just as the Isthmian League and the Northern League were in amateur football. The first winners of the FA Trophy were Macclesfield Town defeating Telford United 2-0 in the final.

In the Herts. County League the 1969/70 season saw Leggatts Way Old Boys win the Premier Division, Royston Town Division One, Bovingdon Division Two and Tudor Corinthians Reserves Division Three. Knebworth finished sixth in the Premier Division with the reserves finishing in mid table in Division One. In the Aubrey Cup Leggatts Way Old Boys defeated St.Margaretsbury 4-2, hence achieving the league and cup double. In the Amateur Cup the same four teams participated, Welwyn Garden City had applied but were refused entry. Three of the four teams that did enter were thrashed in the Preliminary Round. Buntingford Town lost 6-1 against Tring Town after a 2-2 draw. Rickmansworth Town and Saffron Walden Town both conceded eight goals, losing 8-0 and 8-1 respectively to Edmonton and Hoddesdon Town. Royston Town fared better defeating Berkhamsted Town 4-0, before losing to Letchworth Town 3-1 in the First Qualifying Round.

In the Isthmian League Hitchin Town finished a respectable seventh with Enfield becoming champions and going on to complete the double by winning the Amateur Cup, defeating Dagenham 5-1 in the final.

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