Mick's Football Memories

Mick’s Football Memories – part 29

Letchworth Town continued to perform well in the Athenian league and after a name change to Letchworth Garden City in 1976 narrowly missed out on winning the Division One title at the end of the season. I was at Cheshunt on a Tuesday evening to see their final league match which they needed to win to claim the title. Unfortunately they were defeated, handing the title to Leyton-Wingate by a single point. However the Isthmian League formed a Division Two (Third Division) for the start of the 1977/78 season and Letchworth, now having floodlights, were accepted into the league. This reduced the Athenian League to one division. Ironically when the Athenian League expanded during the mid nineteen sixties it had approached the Isthmian League to become involved in the process but the Isthmian’s declined preferring to remain as an enclosed group.

In the Herts. County League the 1975/76 season was disastrous for Knebworth, the first team being relegated from the Premier Division, hence causing the reserves to be demoted from Division One, although not finishing in a relegation position. 1976/77 was in complete contrast, the first team won Division One and were promoted and the reserves finished third in Division Two and were also promoted. I was in the main stand at Clarence Park as the season drew to a conclusion watching Knebworth win the Aubrey Cup, defeating Sun Sports by one goal to nil, hence completing the double, promotion and the Aubrey Cup. The reserves not to be outdone also completed the double, promotion and the Reserve Cup, defeating Bovingdon Reserves 3-1 in the final. The reserves would also win the Reserve Cup the following season, defeating Rolls-Royce Engines Reserves 4-0, making it four wins in the competition during the 1970’s. They again completed the double, winning the Division One title, but were unable to be promoted as the first team competed in the Premier Division.

Over the next two seasons the first team would prove to be one of the stronger teams in the division finishing third and fourth respectively.

By now I was ready to become actively involved in football again and being unable to play started to look for opportunities where I could become involved in an administrative capacity.

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