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South Eastern League 1901-8 & others

Post by anthony.brown » Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:21 pm

A few fixtures and results gleaned from the local press. Pre-Canaries era.

21st Sep 1901 Hitchin 0 Millwall Res 1
28th Dec 1901 St Albans Amateurs 1 Hitchin 3
18th Mar 1902 Hitchin 0 St Albans Amateurs 0
28th Mar 1902 Orient 3 Hitchin 1
20th Sep 1902 Hitchin 0 Brentford 2
27th Apr 1904 Hitchin 3 Grays United 0
24th Sep 1904 Hitchin ? Aylesbury United ?
11th(?) Mar 1905 Hitchin 4 Brighton & Hove Albion XI 1
15th Mar 1905 Hitchin ? Eastbourne Old Town?
2nd Dec 1905 Hitchin 6 Leyton 0
21st Jan 1906 Woolwich Arsenal Res 2 Hitchin 0
31st Mar 1906 Hitchin 1 Maidstone United 2
2nd Nov 1907 Hitchin 2 Fulham 1
14th Dec 1907 Hitchin 0 Clapton Orient 6
1st Apr 1908 Hitchin 2 (King, Barker) Hastings & St Leonards 1
4th April 1908 Hitchin 1 Luton Reserves 2

Still searching for info on the following 1901/2 matches.
Hitchin 0 Millwall 1
Luton Town Reserves 10 Hitchin 1
QPR 9 Hitchin 0
Hitchin 1 Clapton Orient 0
Grays United ? Hitchin ?



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Post by Canadian » Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:08 pm

Fascinating stuff. Does this mean that Hitchin has a lifetime winning record against Fulham?

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Post by anthony.brown » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:56 pm

The Hitchin Football Club has been successful in obtaining admission to what was known last season as the London League, the scope of which has now been considerably widened and which, it is expected, will in future be known as the Home Counties League, and will embrace, among others, the undermentioned clubs:
Tottenham Hotspur Reserves, Millwall Reserves, Queeen's Park Rangers Reserves, West Ham, Grays United, Chesham Town, Chesham Generals, St Albans, and Luton Reserves.

Hertfordshire Advertiser Saturday 22nd June 1901

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Post by anthony.brown » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:06 pm

THE SOUTH EASTERN LEAGUE
The following extract from Saturday's 'Football Star' may be of interest:-
Of new leagues which have been established since the close of last season, perhaps one of the most important is the South Eastern, which seems to have caused more than ordinary trouble at Chancery Lane.
Since the Southern League was established the FA have devoted considerable attention to the oversight of various leagues, and the circular issued last season proved that the parent body have realised that leagues have become serious rivals of the cup competitions of the local associations.
League people don't require to be told that nowadays clubs which mean to be anything dare not depend solely on cup ties and friendlies. Moreover, existing organisations do not supply all the needs which certain clubs feel requisite for their welfare, hence the reason for establishing new bodies. The South Eastern League comes under this head.
It is comprised of two distinct classes of clubs:-

1. London clubs: Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, and Clapton Orient.

2. County clubs: Chesham Generals, Chesham Town, Grays United, Hitchin, Luton, and St Albans.

The first four London clubs are the Reserves of the strong sides which compete in the S.L and the W.L. They are debarred from the local cup ties, being professionals. London senior amateur clubs don't relish being defeated by Reserves, as undoubtedly most of them would be, and therefore decline to meet them; the S. L. don't admit the Reserves of their Division I to membership in Division II; the London League Division I supplies only half a season's programme, and so a new body was necessary as far as they were concerned.
The county contingent find fairly strong opponents remarkably scarce in their respective districts. Perhaps a bigger drawback is the great difficulties they encounter in getting across country in such counties as Berks, Bucks, Herts, and Beds. Two or three changes of train are often necessary, occasionally to other companies' lines, and the delays at the various junctions are irritating, of long duration, and, in the end, expensive, especially to amateur teams, who can seldom afford to give the whole of Saturday. They say they find it a saving in every way to come up to London, and they are desirous of meeting in a serious competition the strong Reserve teams of the first class professional clubs.

After some trouble about the officials of the new body, the F. A. sanctioned the South Eastern League. A first list of fifty referees has been drawn up, and all subsequent applicants must be recommended by two clubs in the league.

Herts Advertiser Saturday 21st September 1901

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