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The Parthenon League began in 1951, with an 11-club membership. Nine of the teams had played in the Middlesex Senior League during the previous season and the origins of the new competition appear to have been prompted by the desire to widen the geographical area from which clubs came. The number of clubs taking part in the Parthenon League varied during its early years, rising to 16 for the 1954-1955 season before falling back, then growing again for the last-but-one campaign. This page covers the first eight seasons of the league’s 15-year history. The turn-over of clubs playing in the Parthenon League was substantial. Only 3 clubs

(Crown & Manor, Kingsbury Town and Rayners Lane) played in all eight seasons. No attempt has been made to cover the ‘ins and outs’.

 

FINAL TABLES

 

1951-1952

  1. Wingate                      20   17    1    2    69    25   35

  2. Parkhill Chingford           20   14    0    6    61    35   28

  3. Rayners Lane                 20   12    1    7    78    38   25

  4. Paddington Town              20   11    2    7    56    41   24

  5. Kingsbury Town               20   11    1    8    58    47   23

  6. Crown & Manor                20    9    2    9    38    40   20

  7. Spelthorne                   20   10    0   10    54    57   20

  8. Southall Athletic            20    9    0   11    57    44   18

  9. Rootes Athletic              20    6    2   12    54    59   14

 10. Staines Town                 20    6    1   13    36    64   13

 11. Bees Club                    20    0    0   20    20   131    0

  (220 105 10 105 581 581 220)

 

1952-1953

  1. Kingsbury Town               24   18    3    3    81    38   39

  2. Rayners Lane                 24   17    2    5    82    39   36

  3. Staines Town                 24   16    3    5    57    34   35

  4. King’s Langley               24   14    1    9    67    51   29

  5. Borehamwood                  24   13    1   10    50    54   27

  6. Paddington Town              24   10    4   10    59    57   24

  7. Spelthorne                   24   11    2   11    75    56   24

  8. Rootes Athletic              24    9    5   10    51    55   23

  9. Crown & Manor                24    8    4   12    50    52   20

 10. Edmonton B.O.C.              24    7    4   13    45    63   18

 11. Atlas Sports                 24    6    5   13    36    67   17

 12. Southall Athletic            24    7    2   15    46    67   16

 13. Ruislip Town                 24    0    4   20    23    89    4

  (312 136 40 136 722 722 312)

 

1953-1954

  1. Crown & Manor                28   16    9    3    70    36   41

  2. Borehamwood                  28   18    4    6    92    44   40

  3. Paddington Town              28   16    7    5    85    55   39

  4. Spelthorne                   28   15    8    5    82    47   38

  5. King’s Langley               28   15    6    7    77    53   36

  6. Rayners Lane                 28   14    7    7    81    60   35

  7. Kingsbury Town               28   13    8    7    86    57   34

  8. Willesden                    28   13    5   10    63    53   31

  9. Basildon Town                28   12    4   12    72    54   28

 10. Addlestone                   28   11    5   12    65    69   27

 11. Twickenham                   28    6    8   14    48    58   20

 12. Atlas Sports                 28    7    4   17    66   113   18

 13. Edmonton B.O.C.              28    5    5   18    49    84   15

 14. Ruislip Town                 28    3    4   21    48   130   10

 15. Rootes Athletic              28    3    2   23    38   109    8

  (420 167 86 167 1022 1022 420)

 

1954-1955

  1. Basildon Town                30   22    3    5    92    42   47

  2. Borehamwood                  30   21    5    4   117    56   47

  3. Kingsbury Town               30   21    4    5    81    34   46

  4. Rayners Lane                 30   19    7    4   104    58   45

  5. Twickenham                   30   14    9    7    71    53   37

  6. Willesden                    30   14    4   12    61    50   32

  7. Baldock Town                 30   14    3   13    77    67   31

  8. Epping Town                  30   12    5   13    70    68   29

  9. Crown & Manor                30   11    5   14    82    72   27

 10. Arlesey Town                 30   10    7   13    74    87   27

 11. Paddington Town               30   11    4   15    59    65   26

 12. Spelthorne                    30   11    4   15    57    73   26

 13. Addlestone                    30    7    4   19    62   103   18

 14. King’s Langley                30    6    5   19    55    86   17

 15. Hatfield Town                 30    6    2   22    36   103   14

 16. Saffron Walden Town           30    5    1   24    38   119   11

  (480 204 72 204 1136 1136 480)

 

1955-1956

  1. Borehamwood                   22   16    4    2    80    32   36

  2. Shefford Town                 22   12    5    5    41    29   29

  3. Rayners Lane                  22   14    1    7    61    50   29

  4. Willesden                     22   13    1    8    57    36   27

  5. Paddington Town               22   11    3    8    49    41   25

  6. Baldock Town                  22   11    3    8    57    53   25

  7. Twickenham                    22   10    4    8    52    47   24

  8. Crown & Manor                 22    9    3   10    60    54   21

  9. Kingsbury Town                22    8    3   11    54    47   19

 10. Addlestone                    22    6    1   15    34    62   13

 11. Arlesey Town                  22    5    2   15    38    72   12

 12. Hatfield Town                 22    1    2   19    28    88    4

  (264 116 32 116 611 611 264)

 

1956-1957

  1. Willesden                     24   16    6    2    52    23   38

  2. Borehamwood                   24   16    6    2    90    46   38

  3. Crown & Manor                 24   15    3    6    58    36   33

  4. Shefford Town                 24   14    3    7    62    45   31

  5. Hatfield Town                 24   10    8    6    61    43   28

  6. Arlesey Town                  24   10    3   11    60    56   23

  7. Twickenham                    24    9    4   11    47    57   22

  8. Finsbury                      24    8    3   13    57    58   19

  9. Kingsbury Town                24    9    1   14    60    72   19

 10. Rayners Lane                  24    8    2   14    52    67   18

 11. Baldock Town                  24    7    4   13    56    78   18

 12. Rickmansworth Town            24    5    3   16    40    76   13

 13. Paddington Town               24    4    4   16    44    82   12

  (312 131 50 131 739 739 312)

 

1957-1958

  1. Wapping Sports                22   18    2    2    68    25   38

  2. Twickenham                    22   13    6    3    52    32   32

  3. Crown & Manor                 22   10    5    7    44    42   25

  4. Chalfont National             22   10    3    9    50    49   23

  5. Baldock Town                  22    8    6    8    43    44   22

  6. Hatfield Town                 22    9    4    9    45    48   22

  7. Rickmansworth Town            22    7    6    9    40    57   20

  8. Arlesey Town                  22    8    3   11    51    47   19

  9. Kingsbury Town                22    7    4   11    45    49   18

 10. Finsbury                      22    6    4   12    42    51   16

 11. Shefford Town                 22    6    4   12    34    48   16

 12. Canvey Island                 22    5    3   14    27    49   13

  (264 107 50 107 541 541 264)

 

1958-1959

  1. Twickenham                    22   17    3    2    75    30   37

  2. Wapping Sports                22   16    4    2    80    28   36

  3. Finsbury                      22   12    5    5    59    37   29

  4. Kingsbury Town                22   13    2    7    58    49   28

  5. Crown & Manor                 22   11    5    6    53    35   27

  6. Canvey Island                 22   11    4    7    44    39   26

  7. Chalfont St. Peter            22   10    5    7    55    53   25

  8. Surbiton Town                 22    6    2   14    33    59   14

  9. Chalfont National             22    5    3   14    38    56   13

 10. Hatfield Town                 22    5    2   15    40    68   12

 11. Baldock Town                  22    4    1   17    29    68    9

 12. Rickmansworth Town            22    3    2   17    31    73    8

  (264 113 38 113 595 595 264)

 

 

The second (and final) ‘phase’ of the Parthenon League saw regular changes in membership for which there isn’t really space to cover. After operating as a 12-club, single section competition 1959-1960, the League had two divisions for the rest of its existence. From 1960-61 to 1965-66 the top flight was called the Premier Division, with the second tier known as Division 1. Probably as a result of the Division 1 being made up largely of reserve teams, the tables have proved impossible to trace, but it is known that Walls were runners-up 1962-63, Brent Green won the section 1964-65 and 1965-66 and Green Vale finished second in 1965 and fifth in 1966.

 

All the Premier Division tables for the period are set out below. By 1964, when only nine clubs completed the campaign, the Parthenon League seemed to lack the viability to continue. Although Wandsworth and Wapping Sports teams left, there was a substantial influx of new members and the 1964-65 season saw all 15 teams complete their programmes. Despite the apparent healthy state of the competition, however, 1965-66 proved to be its final season of the Parthenon League, which went back to being the Middlesex League.

 

1959-1960

  1. Wapping Sports               22   19    1    2    90    11   39

  2. Canvey Island                22   10   10    2    44    29   30

  3. Crown & Manor                22   13    3    6    46    24   29

  4. Chalfont National            22   11    4    7    59    35   26

  5. Chingford                    22   12    2    8    53    33   26

  6. Twickenham                   22   11    4    7    50    39   26

  7. Kingsbury Town               22    8    4   10    52    46   20

  8. South Vale Glacier           22    7    3   12    23    30   17

  9. Chalfont St. Peter           22    5    5   12    32    49   15

 10. Tudor Park                   22    5    5   12    33    80   15

 11. Rickmansworth Town           22    5    3   14    32    67   13

 12. Surbiton Town                22    3    2   17    27    98    8

  (264 109 46 109 541 541 264)

 

1960-1961

  1. Wapping                      18   13    3    2    65    21   29

  2. Chalfont National            18   12    2    4    70    36   26

  3. Canvey Island                18   11    3    4    75    29   25

  4. Wandsworth                   18   11    2    5    75    42   24

  5. Twickenham                   18   10    2    6    47    39   22

  6. London Transport Buses       18    7    3    8    41    40   17

  7. Post Office Engineers        18    5    2   11    38    71   12

  8. Tudor Park                   18    5    1   12    22    69   11

  9. South Vale Glacier           18    5    0   13    35    74   10

 10. Rickmansworth Town           18    1    2   15    20    67    4

  (180 80 20 80 488 488 180)

 

1961-1962

  1. Fisher Athletic              18   13    2    3    68    30   28

  2. Wandsworth                   18   11    3    4    50    25   25

  3. Rainham Town Reserves        18    9    4    5    37    28   22

  4. Tudor Park                   18    9    4    5    43    34   22

  5. Canvey Island                18    7    4    7    37    35   18

  6. Twickenham                   18    9    0    9    39    45   18

  7. Wapping                      18    7    3    8    35    42   17

  8. Post Office Engineers        18    7    2    9    47    36   16

  9. London Transport Buses       18    4    4   10    32    52   12

 10. South Vale Glacier           18    1    0   17    17    78    2

  (180 77 26 77 405 405 180)

 

1962-1963

  1. Wandsworth                   22   17    1    4    67    32   35

  2. Westfield                    22   14    5    3    70    31   33

  3. Harold Hill                  22   16    1    5    72    36   33

  4. Fisher Athletic              22   13    3    6    71    43   29

  5. Tudor Park                   22   10    7    5    33    37   27

  6. Wapping                      22   10    3    9    50    43   23

  7. Northolt Saints              22    8    3   11    41    48   19

  8. Canvey Island                22    7    3   12    43    59   17

  9. Barnes                       22    7    2   13    38    58   16

 10. Battersea United             22    6    3   13    41    74   15

 11. Twickenham                   22    6    2   14    38    50   14

 12. South Vale Glacier           22    0    3   19    26    79    3

  (264 114 36 114 590 590 264)

 

1963-1964

  1. Wandsworth                   16   13 2 1 64 12 28

  2. Wapping Sports               16   10 5 1 56 27 25

  3. Fisher Athletic              15    9 3 3 34 20 21

  4. Battersea United             16    8 1 7 28 32 17

  5. Barnes                       16    6 3 7 30 38 15

  6. Northolt Saints               16    5    3    8    32    35   13

  7. Collier Row                   16    5    1   10    36    51   11

  8. Twickenham                    15    4    0   11    23    50    8

  9. South Vale Glacier            16    1    2   13    13    51    4

  (142 61 20 61 316 316 142)

 

Walls withdrew from the competition and the club’s record was deleted. The match between Fisher Athletic and Twickenham was not played.

 

1964-1965

  1. Harefield United              28   23    1    4   110    33   47

  2. Fisher Athletic               28   21    5    2    84    30   47

  3. Byron Wanderers               28   15    5    8    57    30   35

  4. Northolt Saints               28   16    3    9    62    49   35

  5. Battersea United              28   16    3    9    68    60   35

  6. Collier Row                   28   11   10    7    52    47   32

  7. Egham Town                    28   12    5   11    57    58   29

  8. Southall Corinthians          28   12    4   12    59    62   28

  9. British European Airways      28   10    6   12    60    72   26

 10. Orpington Athletic            28   11    2   15    60    66   24

 11. Ditton Old Boys               28   10    4   14    50    64   24

 12. Twickenham                    28    7    4   17    42    77   18

 13. Kodak                         28    6    6   16    36    68   18

 14. Barnes                        28    2    8   18    46    83   12

 15. South Vale Glacier            28    1    8   19    25    69   10

  (420 173 74 173 868 868 420)

 

1965-1966

  1. Surbiton Byron                26   20    3    3    76    20   43

  2. Fisher Athletic               26   19    4    3    72    24   42 

  3. Harefield United              26   18    4    4    84    46   40

  4. Northolt Saints               26   16    6    4    65    31   38

  5. Battersea United              26   13    4    9    58    39   30

  6. Collier Row                   26   11    6    9    52    48   28

  7. Camberley Wanderers           26   12    2   12    62    57   26

  8. Southall Corinthians          26   10    4   12    48    51   24

  9. Ditton Old Boys               26    8    7   11    55    58   23

 10. Barnes                        26    7    8   11    44    62   22

 11. Twickenham                    26    8    4   14    48    62   20

 12. British European Airways      26    4    5   17    30    63   13

 13. South Vale Glacier            26    2    5   19    20    65    9

 14. Kodak                         26    1    4   21    26   114    6

  (364 149 66 149 740 740 364)