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Website last updated: 31 Oct, 2014 @ 14:29

History

Club History

History of North Greenford United FC
(Researched and compiled by John Bignell – President and Club Historian)

 The club was founded in September 1944, by the late Mr. A Timpson as a youth team. The 1944/45 season was their first and several friendly matches were played against local opposition. The following season saw the foundation of the Ealing Youth League, with Mr Timpson as a co-founder of the league, entering North Greenford as founder members. In May 1946, North Greenford were crowned as the first champions of the Ealing Youth League. The following season saw the formation of a senior side and they were entered into the Hanwell and District League, finishing runners up to St Aidens. 1947 saw the club make their first Cup Final appearance against Botwell Wanderers in the Hanwell Hospital Cup. 

In 1947/48 the club entered the Harrow Wembley League and in 1954/55 they were champions of the Senior Division of that competition. 1956/57 saw North Greenford reach the final of the Middlesex Junior Cup as well as winning the Harrow Wembley League Senior Cup. In 1960 they won the Richmond Challenge Cup and were finalists in the Brentford League Senior Cup, a trophy they also won in 1962 and 1964. In 1965 the Harrow Senior Charity Cup was won, with another final appearance a year later in the Brentford League Cup.

More success followed in 1967, when North Greenford won the West London Combination Cup, a feat they repeated in 1968. 1969 and 1970 saw the Kings College Hospital Cup won twice, while in 1971, more honours came with the winning of the Hounslow Senior Charity Cup. 1973 saw the club reach the final of the Hounslow Senior Charity Cup once more, but in 1974 County Honours were achieved when winning the Middlesex Intermediate Cup.

In 1982/83 North Greenford won the Middlesex League and in May 1983, promotion was gained to the Spartan League. 1984 was a mixed year for the club, with the death of the founder Alf Timpson at the age of 87, tempered by the granting of Senior status by the Middlesex County Football Association. The Harry Sutherland Shield was won in both 1985 and 1986 before the club achieved promotion into the Premier Division of the Spartan League in 1988/89.

In 1994 the club celebrated its 50th Anniversary, but the 1994/95 season saw the club resign from the London Spartan League, to rejoin the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Football League. In 1995 the club were re-classified as having Intermediate status by Middlesex County Football Association. In 1996 John Bivens (Senior) and John Bignell of North Greenford were honoured by the Football Association, with a medallion and letter of commendation from Chief Executive Graham Kelly, for 50 years service to Association Football.

The club was keen to regain Senior status and undertook a long term project to achieve this. During this rebuilding period, Barbara Bivens won the Secretary of the Year award from the MCFA in 2001. Ground improvements continued to be made, including the installation of floodlights at Berkeley Fields for the first time and in 2002, Senior Status was regained. The year 2002 was also memorable, as North Greenford were elected to the Combined Counties Football League to round off the achievements made by all concerned at the club. In season 2003-2004 we came runners up in the Premier Challenge Cup losing 4-1 to AFC Wimbledon in front of a crowd of over 5,000 at Woking FC. In season 2004-2005 we were runners up to Walton Casuals in the Premier league. In November 2005 Sam Hurrell from the Under 18 Allied Counties Youth team won a contract with Chelsea FC after winning the Sky TV Football Icon competition.

Season 2005-2006 saw us finish 13th in the Premier League and semi-finalists in the League Cup losing 1-0 to eventual winners Godalming Town. The following season 2006-2007 saw North Greenford go one better in the League Cup but Merstham won the final 4 -1. In the Premier League 5th position was achieved. Season 2007-2008 was a relatively quiet season in the cups but 6th position was attained in the League.

With Steve Ringrose taking over the managers job with days to go before season 2008-2009 started no one thought that a second place in the Premier League was achievable, but that's exactly what happened and North Greenford finished Runners Up to Bedfont Green.

 Season 2009 - 2010 turned out to be the most historic since the club was formed 66 years ago. With Steve Ringrose at the helm for his second season at North Greenford, the Combined Counties Premier League Championship was achieved, gaining promotion in the process to Step 4 football for the forthcoming season in the Southern League. Although there were early exits in the FA Cup, League Cup and FA Vase this time round, a Cup Final appearance provided the perfect end to the club’s best ever season when they beat Ryman North sideEnfieldTown1-0 in the final of the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup.

 Season 2010 – 2011 the first at step 4 turned out to be a season of consolidation in the Zamaretto Southern League Central Division and 18th position was achieved eventually after a difficult second half to the season. A good run in the FA Cup reaching the Third Qualifying Round for the first time in the club’s history was respectable, however a 5 - 0 defeat on the east coast against Leiston from the Rigeons Eastern Counties Premier League ended our interest in the FA Cup for another year. The First Qualifying Round in the FA Trophy was reached butAshfordTown (Middx) hit Greenford for six at the Short Lane Stadium with a comprehensive 6 - 2 victory. After two victories in the Red Insure Cup against Burnham on penalties at the Gore and Beaconsfield SYCOB 5 - 1 at Berkeley Fields, earned the club a Third Round tie against Premier League Cambridge City, where a creditable performance by Greenford unfortunately saw the Premier side win by a single goal.

 In this seasons County Cups a First Round exit to Enfield 1893 2 - 1 in the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup was followed by a Semi Final defeat at the hands of Wealdstone 3 - 0 in the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup.

 Season 2011 - 2012 was a season of change at North Greenford, as we parted company with manager Steve Ringrose at Christmas, as the club were sitting in a most precarious position in the relegation zone with just 16 points from 19 games. Neil Shipperley and his assistant Mark Nicholls then took the reins for the remainder of the season and achieved what they set out to do by guiding the team to safety by finishing 18th in the Evo-Stik Southern League Central Division. In the FA Cup Greenford emulated last year's run by reaching the Third Qualifying Round, but a 0 - 3 defeat at home in a replay against East Thurrock United ended our interest for another year.

 The FA Trophy saw an early exit in the Preliminary Round against Whyteleafe 3 - 4 at Church Road. In the Middlesex Help for Heroes Charity Cup Greenford fell at the first hurdle at Berkeley Fields when the visitors Enfield Town won 4 - 2. The Red Insure League Cup saw Greenford Reach the Quarter Finals for the first time but a defeat against Premier Side AFC Totton 6 - 1 ended the run. In the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup at Berkeley Fields Greenford played Wealdstone in the Semi Final but the Ryman Premier League side ran out  2 - 0 winners.

 As the season came to an end Neil Shipperley and his assistants tendered their resignations and Greenford installed Jon-Barrie Bates as the new manager for the forth coming season.