HARINGEY BOROUGH FC - A BRIEF HISTORY
It was not until 1970 that a team played under the name of Haringey Borough when WOOD GREEN TOWN who had played at Coles Park since 1930 changed their name to Haringey Borough while playing in Intermediate football. But the roots of the Club go back to 1907 when TUFNELL PARK FC was formed and joined the London League in which it played until 1914 and from 1912 to 1914 a team was also entered into the Athenian League. Wood Green Town was itself a breakaway off-shoot of Tufnell Park in 1911, playing under the name of Tufnell Spartans until 1920. After many name changes and amalgamations which at various times saw the ancestors of the present Club playing in the Isthmian, Athenian, Spartan and Delphian Leagues on a number of different grounds the two Clubs merged in 1973 and played at Coles Park, briefly under the name of Edmonton & Haringey FC until 1976 when the present name was adopted . The Club played in the Athenian League until that Competition closed and they were admitted into the Isthmian League Division 2 North in 1984, remaining in membership for four years but being unable to fulfil their fixtures in 1988/89 due to a mass exodus of management and players just a few weeks before the start of that season. After a year in the wilderness they were admitted to the Spartan League in 1989 retaining Premier Division membership throughout until the South Midlands League merger in season 1997/98 when they finished 7th. in the Premier Division South to secure membership of the new “combined” Premier Division in 1998/99. Premier Division status was retained until the end of season 2006/07 when the Club’s regular flirting with danger finally failed to provide the customary last gasp escape and relegation to Division One ensued, largely due to disastrous early results but the major improvement in the latter stages left us one point adrift of safety. The team bounced back with promotion at the very first attempt and a fine season ended with promotion and winning the Division One Cup. Back in the Premier Division for the season 2008/09 the Club again quickly found itself among the relegation strugglers leading to the appointment of the current Manager – the vastly experienced Tom Loizou. The bottom places were again just avoided but 2009/10 produced a better showing and after a poor start the efforts of the team produced a marked improvement after the enforced winter break owing to the inclement weather. A good run of results thereafter and particularly a run of 7 unbeaten games in April led to the club finishing 15th in the Division , the highest for several years. Better was to follow in 2010/11 when 8th place was achieved and the Club entered 2011/12 with Tom Loizou at the helm for the 4th season and with realistic hopes of making a challenge for the sole promotion spot which until home defeats around Christmas by the 2 front runners looked to be a serious possibilty. Once it became clear that it was not on the opportunity was taken to field teams with the following season in mind and several defeats inevitably followed although the final placing of 5th represented their best ever performance in the Spartan South Midlands League; and the winning of the League Challenge Trophy was an exciting end of season bonus.
From time to time Reserve sides have been fielded for a few seasons but with no real success either in their own right or as a testing ground for potential First Team players.
Youth teams have also been run at various age levels in many seasons and with considerable success particularly at the older age groups. In 2002/03 the Club entered an Under 18 team in the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League and in 2004/05 won the Nemean Division Championship and the Colwyn Youth Cup, also reaching the 2nd round proper of the FA Youth Cup. In 2006/07, the Under 16 team playing in the Harrow League secured its Division One title without losing a match, also reaching the League Cup Final. For season 2007/08 a massive expansion saw teams competing at six consecutive age groups from Under 13 to 18 – some in the Harrow League and others in the Cheshunt League. From 2008/09 we no longer competed in the Harrow League and in 2009/10 fielded teams at Under 14 and 17 in the Cheshunt League with the Under 16s breaking new ground in the Eastern Junior Alliance while the Under 18s continued in the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League. The Under 18s reached the Colwyn Cup Final again in 2008/09 and were Nemean Division Winners in 2009/10 In 2004 and 2005, the Club entered an Under 19 team in the prestigious Gothia Youth Cup played in Gothenberg and in its first attempt battled right through to the quarter-final stage and won the “B” Cup the following year. Sadly, financial constraints necessitated the closing down of the Youth Section at the end of season 2009/10 but it is hoped that it may be possible to resurrect it when future circumstances are more favourable.
A Women’s Team was formed in 1999 and quickly established itself in the Eastern Region Womens League finishing as runners-up in both the 2nd. and 1st. Divisions to earn promotion to the top Division for 2002/03. It then coped easily to finish fourth in their first season of Regional Premier Division football and have since recorded three further fourth place finishes. The 2001/02 Eastern Region Knock-out Plate was won and in April 2002 (and again in June 2003) they won the Region’s annual 5 a side Tournament. In 2005/06 they were the losing League Cup finalists by the odd goal of seven in a thrilling contest with Norwich City Canaries. In 2009/10 they led the table for a while until the New Year when a disappointing loss of form set in; and they also reached the 2nd Round Proper of the Womens FA Cup. But the 2010/11 season started after the loss of many established players in the close season and the hastily assembled team struggled throughout and could not avoid bottom spot. But they bounced straight back with promotion secured as runners up in Division One South in 2011/12.
SEE SEPARATE PAGES FOR MORE DETAILED WOMENS AND YOUTH SECTION HISTORIES
FA Amateur Cup - finalists 1919/20; semi - finalists 1911/12 & 1913/14;
Spartan League runners up 1910/11;
London Senior Cup winners 1912/13 & 1923/24;
Athenian League winners 1913/14;
Middlesex Charity Cup winners 1943/44.
Delphian League Emergency Competition winners 1962/63;
Athenian League Division 2 Cup winners 1967/68 and 1968/69.
Athenian League Division 2 runners up 1969/70
WOOD GREEN TOWN
London Junior Cup runners up 1907/08
London League Division 1(B) winners 1909/10;
Spartan League Division 1 runners up 1937/38;
Middlesex Senior League winners 1940/41;
London Senior Cup winners 1990/91
Spartan League Cup runners up 1990/91;
Spartan South Midlands League O'Brien Butchers Premier Division Cup runners up 1997/98
Spartan South Midlands league Division One runners up 2007/08
Spartan South Midlands League Division One Cup winners 2007/08
CRUCIAL DATES IN THE HISTORY OF TUFNELL PARK, WOOD GREEN TOWN
& HARINGEY BOROUGH FOOTBALL CLUBS
HARINGEY BOROUGH FINISHING POSITIONS 1973/74 TO 2011/12