First Team Star
Jan 3, 2017, 6:55 AM
Location: East Anglia (South Division)
Team(s): most of my local sides
Post #7 of 13
my apologies - me not reading my notes properly!!
my notes on Silvertown clubs - taken from the Southend Standard newspaper:
Later in October, in the Preliminary Round of the Essex Junior Cup, results included a 3-0 home win for Southend Athletic against Dagenham FC (no connection to the present Dagenham & Redbridge FC), while up in Silvertown the home side were beating Leigh Town 3-2 on a pitch full of cinders and broken bottles. The pitch itself was not enclosed, the goals had no netting and the goalposts themselves were not painted; in fact one goal was the same dark colour as the ground’s boundary wall behind! Leigh protested to the referee before the match and, following a hearing at the Essex County FA, the tie was ordered to be re-played a fortnight later at Leigh, in which the home side ran out easy 6-0 winners.
The 1899-1900 season opened on September 2nd, and on that Saturday afternoon Southend Athletic took on Tate’s Institute at their Victoria Avenue ground in front of a 500 strong crowd. The Silvertown club had won the championship of the Eastern Suburban League for the past two seasons and a hard game was expected. Unfortunately for Southend the strength of London football remained well above that of the locals; the visitors winning easily by 5-0.
In the Essex Junior Cup, Leigh Ramblers were the pride of the district. In the semi-final on March 11th they met favourites Silvertown at Southend Athletic FC. However, the Ramblers won the tie easily, 3-0.
The final took place at Chelmsford FC on 8th April 1905. Leigh Ramblers delighted their travelling fans by bringing home the cup having defeated Braintree Manor Works 4-1.
It was a good season for the Ramblers – one cup win, two League Championships and one cup final loss, this to the soldiers in the Southend Charity Shield Final played at Marine Park.