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Harwich and Parkeston Formation Date


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Aug 20, 2019, 1:20 PM

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Having looked into this, Iím not sure itís all that clear cut.

According to the Harwich and Parkestonís website, the club was formed in 1877.


The current club website quotes a foundation 1877 - there is a Harwich FC playing in 1875 so they could go further back to that date but the problem is that I cannot find any Harwich FC matches between 1881 and 1888. At this point a new team called Harwich & Dovercourt FC is competing in the Essex County Challenge Cup.(Essex Standard - Saturday 29 December 1888) and by 1899 (1889?) there is a team called Harwich & Parkeston. From then on they continue through till present but the 7 year gap is the problem.

Source: (Martin Westby)

Groundtastic list the formation date as 1875

Source: GT95

My own research

Earliest mention of Harwich football club I can find is February 1876 (Chelmsford Chronicle)
Earliest mention of Harwich and Dovercourt Football Club I can find is April 1885 (Essex Standard)
Earliest mention of Harwich and Parkeston Football Club I can find is October 1889 (Essex Standard)
From 1892 Ė 1895, a new club, Harwich and Dovercourt Rangers appear on the scene. At an AGM in 1892, there is talk of the club merging with Harwich & Parkeston.

It is possible that Harwich and Parkeston are a continuation of, or were formed to replace, Harwich and Dovercourt. Both played at Barrack Field, both had A.J.H Ward as president and both fielded similar players. The H&D line up from 1887 and H&P line up from 1889 both featured Mills, Durrant, Mason, and Pepper.

As Martin Westby points out though, the gap between circa 1880 and circa 1885 does leave a rather large hole in the continuation.

Are there any scholars of Essex football who can shed light on the above?


Aug 21, 2019, 5:22 PM

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The first mention of a Harwich club affiliating to Essex FA is Harwich & Dovercourt in 1886/87 when they entered the Essex Senior Cup.

Harwich & Dovercourt last affiliated to Essex FA in 1888/89. Harwich & Parkeston first affiliated in 1889/90, which would support the idea they are the same club.

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Aug 21, 2019, 11:23 PM

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Re: [London Harrier] Harwich and Parkeston Formation Date [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Harwich were active 1884-85. A couple of my Colchester FC match report scans have Harwich games visible alongside.

The Colchester Grammar School and the Harwich club drew 1-1 either 04/12/84 or 11/12/84 - not clear which from report. The header of Walton on the Naze v Harwich is visible below a report from late January 1885 and the header of Ipswich St Helens v Harwich & Dovercourt is visible below a match report from late March 1885.

Can't see anything similar for the seasons since Colchester last played Harwich in 1880-81 although that may just be the way they've been scanned. The opposition fits a club playing at a lower level than might be expected for an Essex Cup entrant so it maybe there was a hiatus.

The person to ask for anything to do with Harwich & P prefers pen & paper to computers and won't be on here. If I see the right person on Saturday I'll try and get a message to him.

Currently researching Colchester's amateur town clubs "Before the U's" including identifying and compiling brief biogs of all first team players.
Joint author of Colchester United's Who's Who -(Breedon Books 2008).
Colchester United youth team programme editor since 2001.
Colchester United Essex Senior Cup programme editor since 2008.


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