Saturday, March 25, 1989

Gravesend & Northfleet FC

Gravesend & Northfleet 0 Chelmsford City 2 - Southern League, Southern Division


The town is recorded as Gravesham in the Doomsday Book in 1086 as belonging to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux and called "Gravesham": a name probably derived from "graaf-ham": the home of the Reeve, or Bailiff, or the Lord of the Manor. Another theory suggests that the name Gravesham may be a corruption of the words grafs-ham — a place "at the end of the grove". Myth has it that Gravesend got its name because, during the outbreak of Bubonic Plague in the 1600s, the town was the place where victims were no longer buried on land — they were buried at sea (the town sits next to the Thames Estuary).


Dickens 1885

We travelled by train from London Bridge to Northfleet station, which is only a few hundred yards from Stonebridge Road. There was a decent pub nearby and after a few pints we ambled across the road to the ground.


Chelmsford City FC was already ten points ahead of hosts Gravesend & Northfleet FC at the top of the table and this margin was increased by a further three points courtesy of this 2-0 victory. Chelmsford City went on to win the Southern Division championship for the 1988-89 season and Gravesend & Northfleet claimed the runner-up spot and promotion to ensure that these clubs met the following season in the Premier Division.


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