North Greenford United F.C.

North Greenford United Football Club is a football club based in Greenford in the London Borough of Ealing, England. They play in the Combined Counties League Premier Division North. The club is affiliated to the Middlesex County Football Association.[1]

North Greenford United
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Full nameNorth Greenford United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Blues
Founded1944; 78 years ago (1944)
GroundBerkeley Fields, Greenford
Capacity2,000
ChairmanJohn Bivens
ManagerPaul Mills and Gary Brown
LeagueCombined Counties League Premier Division North
2021–22Combined Counties League Premier Division North, 5th of 18

HistoryEdit

Established in 1944, originally as a youth club and started playing senior football in the 1946–47 season when they joined the Hanwell and District League, finishing as runners-up at the first attempt.[1] A season later the club joined the Harrow Wembley League, and winning the senior division of that league at the end of the 1954–55 season.[1] The club then played in the Middlesex League Premier Division[1][2] In the 1982–83 season they won the Middlesex League Premier Division and gained promotion to Division One of the London Spartan League.[3]

At the end of the 1987–88 season the club gained promotion to the Premier Division of the London Spartan League.[4] At the end of the 1993–94 season the club left the Spartan league, and dropped down a level to the Middlesex County Football League Premier Division.[5] The club then lost its senior status with the Middlesex County Football Association and spent the next few seasons upgrading their ground to move from intermediate status back up to senior status.[1] This work culminated in the club being elected to the Combined Counties Football League for the start of the 2002–03 season.[6]

The club finished as runners-up in the league in their third season in the league.[7] That season, they also made their debut in the FA Cup, making it to the First Qualifying Round before being knocked out by Hemel Hempstead Town.[4] The club then repeated this finish four seasons later in the 2008–09 season.[7] The following season the club went one better as they became champions of the Combined Counties Football League, and earned promotion to Division One Central of the Southern Football League.[7][8] They also completed a double by winning the Middlesex Senior Charity Cup when they beat Enfield Town 1–0 in the final at The Beveree Stadium.[9]

North Greenford United finished 18th in the 2010–11 campaign, in their first season at that level. After a disappointing opening half to the 2011–12 campaign, the club announced that they had parted company with manager Steve Ringrose who had been in charge for three years. On Boxing Day 2011, the club confirmed the appointment of ex-Chelsea, Wimbledon and Crystal Palace striker Neil Shipperley as their new manager. He was assisted by ex-Chelsea team-mate Mark Nicholls.

However upon the conclusion of the season, Shipperley resigned to look for a management position at a higher level after successfully guiding the side to safety. The club appointed former Bedfont Town midfielder and caretaker boss Jon-Barrie Bates as his successor in early June.[10] Bates was sacked after just eight games following the club's poor start to the season paving the way for the return of Shipperley for a second spell as manager.[11][12]

On 17 August 2013, former professional goalkeeper Dave Beasant came out of retirement for one game at the age of 54, to appear for North Greenford United in their 2–0 defeat to Chalfont St Peter.[13]

Neil Shipperley resigned from his position of manager in February 2014, and he was replaced by reserve team boss Paul Palmer shortly after.[14] Palmer, however, was sacked after a 4–1 defeat to Chalfont St Peter on 11 September 2014. Don Bennett was appointed as caretaker with his first game in charge a 1–1 draw with Uxbridge.

Bennett was then appointed as the permanent successor to Palmer, but resigned in December 2014. Reserve team manager Barry Morris was placed in caretaker charge.

The club had narrowly avoided relegation in the previous two seasons, but were set to be relegated after finishing 21st in 2015 before being handed a relegation reprieve. They therefore remained in the Southern Football League for the 2015-16 season.

After being handed a reprieve from relegation, the board appointed Morris as manager on a permanent basis after an upturn in results towards the end of the 2014-15 season. Morris and his coaching staff were tasked with trying to keep North Greenford United in the Southern Football League.[15]

Morris was replaced by assistant George Bouhet early into the 2015-16 season, but Bouhet left the club in November 2015 following a poor run of results. On 7 November 2015, former North Greenford United players Ricky Pither and Danny Bennell were appointed joint-managers with another former North Greenford player, Chris Mills, and Mark Chandler joining as assistant coaches.[16]

However, North Greenford United's six-year stay at Step 4 came to an end on 19 April 2016 as a 3-1 defeat to Kings Langley confirmed their relegation from the Southern Football League. In June 2016, North Greenford successfully appealed against their placement in the Hellenic Football League and were instead placed in the equivalent, but enlarged, Combined Counties League Premier Division.[17] At the end of the 2020–21 season the club were transferred to the Premier Division North of the Combined Counties League.

GroundEdit

 
Berkeley Fields in May 2016

North Greenford United play their games at Berkeley Fields, Berkeley Avenue, Greenford, UB6 0NX.

HonoursEdit

League honoursEdit

  • Combined Counties Football League Premier Division :[4]
    • Winners (1): 2009–10
    • Runners-up (2): 2004–05, 2008–09
  • Middlesex League Premier Division:[1][18]
    • Winners (1): 1982–83
    • Runners-up (1): 1972–73
  • Harrow Wembley League Senior Division:[1]
    • Winners (1): 1954–55
  • Hanwell and District League:[1]
    • Runners-up (1): 1946–47

Cup honoursEdit

  • Combined Counties Football League Premier Challenge Cup:[19][20]
    • Runners-up (2): 2003–04, 2006–07
  • Middlesex Senior Charity Cup:[9]
    • Winners (1): 2009–10
  • The Harry Sutherland Shield:[1]
    • Winners (2): 1984–85, 1985–86
  • West London Combination Cup:[1]
    • Winners (2): 1966–67, 1967–68
  • Kings College Hospital Cup :[1]
    • Winners (2): 1968–69, 1969–70
  • Hounslow Senior Charity Cup :[1]
    • Winners (1): 1970–71
    • Runners-up (1): 1972–73
  • Harrow Wembley League Senior Cup:[1]
    • Winners (1): 1956–57
  • Brentford League Senior Cup :[1]
    • Winners (2): 1961–62, 1963–64
    • Runners-up (2): 1959–60, 1964–65
  • Harrow Senior Charity Cup:[1]
    • Winners (1): 1964–65
  • Middlesex Intermediate Cup :[1]
    • Winners (1): 1973–74
  • Middlesex Junior Cup :[1]
    • Runners-up (1): 1956–57
  • Richmond Challenge Cup:[1]
    • Winners (1): 1959–60
  • Hanwell Hospital Cup :[1]
    • Runners-up (1): 1946–47

RecordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Middlesex Premier division 1970–71". Northwood F.C. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Blog Archive » At home with the Crows: North Greenford United FC". Royston Town FC. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g NORTH GREENFORD UNITED at the Football Club History Database
  5. ^ "Middlesex County League 1984-2000". Nonleaguematters.net. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Combined Counties League 1978-2002". Nonleaguematters.net. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "Combined Counties League 2002-2011". Nonleaguematters.net. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Hitchin Town vs North Greenford United - a set on Flickr". Flickr.com. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  9. ^ a b "The Cold End: "Just one of those nights" - Charity Cup Glory goes to North Greenford United". Thecoldend.blogspot.co.uk. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  10. ^ "NonLeagueDaily.com". NonLeagueDaily.com. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  11. ^ "North Greenford sack manager Bates". Ealing Gazette. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  12. ^ Lovegrove, Matthew (8 October 2012). "Shipperley Returns At North Greenford - Thatcham Town F.C Official Website". Pitchero.com. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Newsham becomes first new Gladiators signing of the summer". Non League Daily.
  14. ^ Tear, Yann (27 January 2014). "North Greenford elevate reserve team boss in wake of Shipperley exit". getwestlondon.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ Announcement on successful appeal
  18. ^ "Middlesex Premier division 1972-73". Northwood F C. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  19. ^ "CCL Cup Draw Page". Ccleague.co.uk. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  20. ^ "CCL Cup Draw Page". Ccleague.co.uk. 30 August 2007. Retrieved 30 November 2012.

External linksEdit

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