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30 years ago today ...

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.. I went to my first ever Enfield FC game as a 13 year old ... 4-2 v Worthing in the FAT 1st round - I was immediately hooked .. we went on to win it that season of course ..


Got me thinking, of all the players I have seen playing for Enfield/ETFC in that time, my all-time personal favourites are:



Andy Pape

Darren Annon

Curtis Warmington

Mark Kirby

Paul Underwood

Martin St-Hilaire

Trevor Wilkinson

Mark Pye

John Bailey

Gary Abbott

Paul Furlong




Jo Wright

Tommy Mason

Graham Roberts

Erskine Smart

Billy Crook

Paul Moran

Peter Taylor

Liam Hope


Manager: George Borg



Home : 2015/6 & 16/17 Football Manager Kit

Away: Yellow/ Light Blue Trim, 1997 ?

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Quite a team.  I can go back further and would pick this alternative outfit which I am certain would win!


John Burridge; Les Tilley, Alf D'Arcy, Tony Jennings, Ian Reid; Noel Ashford, John Payne, Roger Day; Laurie Churchill, Tommy Lawrence, Steve King


subs John Connell, Paul Brush, John Tone, Terry Howard, Dave Howell.


Manager Eddie McCluskey, spongeman Dave Jones


I will be kicking myself later with those I have forgotten to include!!

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What about Ian Wolstenholme, Johnny Hollowbread (Spurs), Paul Harding (Notts Vounty) Dave Howell, Carl Richards( Numerous Pro Clubs), Jack Rawlings ( Amt Intl 1948) and the most famous of them all Len Shackleton 1938/39). I was alive but still a toddler.

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I'd have Dennis Gill in there just for the unpredictability!


He could score three, then get his marching orders!!!

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My debut was the 2nd round FA Cup tie against Hereford in December 1980. Peter Burton got both goals but the player who really caught my eye was Noel Ashford. Before anyone asks I didn't have a camera in those days. 

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my all time best team 1 andy pape      2 keith barrett    3 paul underwood    4 tony jennings   5 dave howell   6 john bailey   7 paul harding   8 mark bentley   9 noel ashford   10 paul furlong   11 steve king    goalie-pape solid and brave   right back barrett had the sweetest right foot   left back underwood very quick and good on the ball   centre half and captain jennings the bobby moore of non league say no more  centre half rambo howell strong good in air   right wing bailey great at running with the ball   left wing kingy always delivered a cross         middle midfield harding tough tackling took no prisoners   middle of midfield bentley got better and better great passer of the ball  forward ashford my all time fav the magician   forward furlong quick and clinical   if that team could not win the conference now i would be shocked



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First ever game for me was v’s Wembley in 1980 the first Round FA Cup, 3-0 win the rest is history

Most memorable were v Altrincham (Trophy Final) Barnsley (at Spurs) The winning Orient Replay, Telford (Trophy Final Replay at West Bromwich)


Contemporary games are Grays Play Off Semifinal win on penalties, Billericay away last season and Maidstone away this season



Too many to mention which makes the good times very special

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