When Chingford played at White Hart Lane (or could it have been The Spurs Training Ground in Cheshunt???)
Chingford v Margate Reserves 1963
1950/51 - Withdrew from the Southern League and first team take over Reserve team fixtures in the Metropolitan League. Town reached the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup where they lose to local rival's Woodford Town in a home replay 0-4. They beat Ilford and Crittall Athletic to reach this stage which is the furthest the club ever got in it's short history.
1951 - Chingford Town fold
1952/53 - Parkhill (Chingford) enter the London League. There is a Parkhill Road in E4 which is just at the top of Kings Head Hill which is where this name may originate.
1955/56 - Parkhill (Chingford) become Chingford FC and continue to play in the London League until 1962/63
1963/64 - Chingford FC play in the Metropolitan League Division Two for one season.
1964/65 - Chingford FC join the Greater London League
1971/72 - Greater London League merges with Metropolitan League to form 'Metropolitan London League'
1975 - Chingford FC are founder members of the London Spartan League which is formed when 'Metropolitan London League and 'Spartan League' merge.
1979/80 - Chingford FC finish 5th in the Premier Division (the highest position in their 11 season stay)...competing against teams such at Berkhamsted Town, Amersham Town, Merstham, Fisher Athletic (who finished 8th) and Kingsbury Town amongst others.
1987 - Chingford FC leave the London Spartan League
1991 - Chingford Wanderers join the London Spartan League Division Two
1992 - Chingford Wanderers change name to Chingford Town and play in the London Spartan League
1993/94 - Chingford Town withdraw from the LSL and record expunged
1994/95 - Chingford United join the LSL Division Two
1997 - Chingford United change name to Chingford Town and are founder members of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One
1998/99 - Chingford Town leave SSML after finishing bottom of the table and conceding 174 goals in just 24 games.
1999 - Chingford Town join the London Intermediate League and compete for three seasons until 2002.
2007 - Chingford Athletic FC form and play in the Ilford and District League
2009 - Chingford Harriers FC form and play in the Ilford and District League
2010 - Chingford Town whom had been playing in the GA Roberts Enfield Alliance withdraw from the League after failing to fulfill their fixtures.
2011/12 - Chingford Athletic move up the pyramid and join the Essex Olympian League finishing 9th in Division Three. The club also moves to the Matchday Centre aka Wadham Lodge.
********UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN 2012*********
2014/15 - Chingford Town reform and join the newly formed Essex Alliance League (a merger of the Essex Business Houses and Ilford and District Leagues). Town play in the Premier Division alongside Chingford Atlhetic (who have dropped down from the EOL) and Chingford Harriers.
Town play their home games at the Jubilee Sports Ground in Highams Park, Athletic at Leyton Sixth Form college in E10 and Harriers at Parmiter's School in E4.
You can follow Chingford Town on twitter - @ChingfordTownFC
It's not just football in the local area which has unfortunately seen stadiums disappear, as more famously the nearby Walthamstow Dog Stadium has very sadly stood empty and unused since August 2008. At one point in time there were 33 greyhound tracks in London but now only Romford, Wimbldeon and Crayford remain. As this Waltham Forest Guardian article reports (from Tuesday 8th May 2012) planning permission for the building of a housing estate have been passed. The Save Our Stow website also has news on the current status of the site. The current status is that the approved application has to be referred to London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Greater London Assembly. What will happen is still unknown??
***************UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN 2012***********
In October 2012 planning permission to build housing and a leisure centre on the site was passed. The famous stadium now has little chance of reopening which is a crying shame for the heritage and history of London and the local community in my opinion.
|The Iconic Walthamstow Stadium - June 2012|