Saturday, 7 August 2010

Hanwell Town FC (England)

Hanwell Town may be based in the West London suburb of Perivale, but their hearts are well and truly planted in the North-East. They were formed in the nearby suburb of Hanwell, as their name would suggest, in 1920, by group of exiled Newcastle United fans working in the area. So it was no surprise to anyone when they decided what strip they should play in. And funnily enough their nickname is The Geordies.

They soon joined the London League, which saw football of a pretty high standard back between the wars, but dropped down to a more parksy level after World War Two. That was until 1970 when they started their climb back up the ladder by joining the Middlesex County League. Regular promotions soon saw them battle their way up to the prestigious Spartan League in the early eighties, where they still plough their footballing furrow today.

They moved to their current 3000 capacity Reynolds Road ground in 1981 after over 20 years playing at the Ealing Central Sports Ground. They put their floodlights up in 1989, and to celebrate invited a Spurs side along to give them a good beating. Their all time club hero ios a chap called Phil Player who holds the current club appearance record with over 600 games under his belt - although there is no exact figure, so we guess that's as high as the club abacus could count.

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