Potters Bar Town F.C.

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Potters Bar Town
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Full name Potters Bar Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Scholars
Founded 1960 (as Mount Grace Old Scholars)
Ground Parkfield
Capacity 2,000 (150 seated)
Chairman Peter Waller
Manager Steve Ringrose
League Isthmian League Premier Division
2017–18 Isthmian League North Division, 2nd of 24 (promoted)

Potters Bar Town Football Club is an English football club based in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England. They were formed in 1960 as Mount Grace Old Scholars, and, after dropping 'Old Scholars' from the name in 1984, changed to their present name in 1991. Their best performance in the FA Cup was in the 2006–07 season when they reached the 4th (and final) Qualifying Round. They currently play in the Isthmian League Premier Division.

When Potters Bar built their turnstile block, to join the Southern League in 2005, their turnstiles came from the old Wembley Stadium and they possess a certificate from Wembley to prove it.[citation needed]

Club history[edit]

1960s[edit]

In 1960, Ken Barrett, who was a PE Master at Mount Grace School at the time, formed a football club for former scholars. The club played in Division One of the Barnet & District League in their first season, 1960–61. In May 1965 the Barnet & District League and the Finchley & District League merged to form the North London Combination, in which the club then played, winning the Premier Division championship in 1967–68. The club joined Division Two of the Hertfordshire County League the following season and won the championship and promotion to Division One at the first attempt.

1970s[edit]

Mount Grace Old Scholars won the championship of Division One of the Hertfordshire County League and promotion to the Premier Division in the 1973–74 season. They finished bottom and were relegated back to Division One in the 1978–79 season.

1980s[edit]

Following two third-place finishes, the club won the Division One championship and renewed promotion to the Premier Division in the 1981–82 season. The club spent the rest of the 1980s in this division.

1990s[edit]

In the 1990–91 season, the club reached the third round of the FA Vase, and won the Hertfordshire Senior County League, as it was by then called, Premier Division championship and the Aubrey Cup. The change of name to Potters Bar Town coincided with joining the South Midlands League Premier Division. In the 1996–97 season, the club won the championship on goal difference. In the following season, 1997–98, the club were runners-up in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division North, and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase.

Recent history[edit]

Under Steve Smart and assistant Paul Surridge, the club won the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Cup, the Hertfordshire Charity Shield, the Potters Bar Charity Cup, and the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division Championship, thus winning promotion to Division One East of the Southern League, in the 2004–05 season. After one season, the club moved sidewards to the Isthmian League Division One North.

Andy Leese and assistant Jon Meakes joined Potters Bar Town in February 2006 and steered the club away from relegation and in the 2006–07 season they then guided Town to a modest 14th in the league. The Scholars also captured the Herts Charity Cup in 2007. However Leese and Jon Meakes resigned from The Scholars to take over the job at Chesham United.[1] Steve Browne, previously manager at Aveley, Boreham Wood, Dover Athletic and Slough Town left in December 2008 and the new manager is Adam Lee, formerly, manager of Wingate & Finchley. The Club was placed back in the Southern League (Division One Central) for the 2013/14 season. Adam Lee resigned in October 2013 and was replaced by player /manager Jack Friend.

Friend departed himself in February 2015, and was replaced by ex Hillingdon Borough and North Greenford United boss Steve Ringrose.

Ground[edit]

The club play at Parkfield, which was also used for many years by Arsenal Ladies Reserves and by the 1st team for county cup ties. In 2006, in the space of just six weeks, a new perimeter fence was erected, major improvements were made to the stand and changing rooms, and turnstiles and an outside toilet block were added to the facilities to satisfy the Football Association's ground grading standards and allow the club to be promoted to the Southern League Division One East.

County affiliation[edit]

When the club was founded, Potters Bar was in the county of Middlesex. It transferred to Hertfordshire in 1965 but the club remains affiliated to both the Middlesex County Football Association and Hertfordshire County Football Association, and participates in the Hertfordshire Senior Cup and Charity Cup.

League history[edit]

League and positions.
League Season Pos P W D L F A Pts
Isthmian League Division One North 2006–07 14 42 14 9 19 60 62 51
Southern League Division One East 2005–06 15 42 13 11 18 60 66 50
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division 2004–05 1 38 29 5 4 95 32 92
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division 2003–04 4 36 22 8 6 86 35 74
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division 2002–03 3 36 23 6 7 80 42 75
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division 2001–02 13 38 14 5 19 71 70 47
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division 2000–01 3 36 25 6 5 82 39 78
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division 1999-00 4 40 26 2 12 105 66 80
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division 1998–99 2 44 29 7 8 109 30 94
Pos = Position; P = Played; W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost; F = Goals For; A = Goals Against; Pts = Points

Notes[edit]

  • Richard Howard was Potters Bar's and the league's top scorer for 2005–06 with 26 goals. He was also the Club's top goalscorer in 2004–05, with 49 goals in all competitions, just 2 short of the all-time club record set by Micky Gray, and again in 2006–07.
  • In the 2000–01 season Town were deducted one point.
  • In the 1998–99 season Town were unable to gain promotion due to their ground being of an insufficient standard for the league above.

Club records[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Spartan South Midlands League
    • Premier Division champions 1996–97, 2004–05
    • Premier Division League Cup winners 1997, 2005
    • Floodlit Cup winners 1998, 2006
  • Herts Senior County League
    • Premier Division champions 1990–91
  • Herts Charity Shield
    • Winners 2003, 2005, 2007
  • Potters Bar Charity Cup
    • Winners 1996, 2004, 2005
  • Aubrey Cup
    • Winners 1991
  • North London Combination
    • Premier Division champions 1967–68

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Wreyford (17 May 2007). "barnettimes.co.uk – Scholars boss quits".
  2. ^ a b c d http://www.fchd.info/POTTERBT.HTM

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°41′46″N 0°10′39″W / 51.69611°N 0.17750°W / 51.69611; -0.17750