Monday, November 06, 2006

Harlow Town FC

Harlow Town 0 Tottenham Hotspur XI 8 - Marc Salmon Testimonial Match


Harlow is in West Essex and borders with Hertfordshire. It is conveniently situated for London, only 40 miles from Cambridge and has good transport networks to neighbouring towns. With a population of approximately 80,000 people, it is a thriving, busy town, with a variety of shops, businesses and recreational facilities. Harlow was built as a new town in 1947 and designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd. He designed it around separate neighbourhoods each of which included a health centre, local shops, schools and community facilities and all surrounded by green wedges. Harlow continues to develop to cater for the growing local community with new housing, the development of the Town Centre and constant improvements to education and the environment, all of which make Harlow the perfect place in which to study, live, work and play!






I first saw Harlow Town play in the old Athenian League back in the early 1970s. Between then and moving away from the town in 1994, I was a regular visitor to the Sportcentre. Monday night fixtures became a ritual - it was either that or Coronation Street and Wetherfield didn't stand a chance against the Owls! The highlights for me during this period saw both Southend United and Leicester City (Second Division Champions that season with Gary Lineker up front) humbled in FA Cup replays at the Sportcentre in 1980. Apologies to Dave Bond and Stewart Henry respectively for these reminders.




Harlow Town have mutated from being Owls and are now Hawks. At long last they now have a new stadium at Barrows Farm. Having endured many years shared with Athletics facilities, it really is a boost to the club to have a 'proper' football stadium. 






The new stadium is situated on the edge of town at the Pinnacles industrial area and would take about 25 minutes to walk to from Harlow Town railway station. I was very impressed with what I saw and I think all concerned with the club can be very pleased with the place. It has been a long time coming but worth the wait. A very modern looking 400 seater stand is situated along one side, containing function rooms overlooking the pitch. This also houses the administrative block, bar and dressing rooms. There will be some envious glances from visiting clubs in the Isthmian League Division One North and higher up the pyramid. On the opposite side there is covered terracing for 500 spectators, which will provide decent shelter this winter. There is nothing of any substance behind the goals but a reasonable view is offered from these areas. However, should Harlow Town progress in line with their aspirations, there is scope for further development on a decent scale (Stevenage Borough is a good comparable example).






A young Tottenham Hotspur side played some slick football and I hope the crowd enjoyed the display from some possible stars of the future. Marc Salmon has remained loyal to the club and is deserving of the tribute offered by this testimonial. I now look forward to the Phil Tuson/Graeme Auger testimonial! Seriously though, Phil and Graeme (and others) have also been incredibly loyal to the club and looking at the new place I guess they will be particularly proud to see how far the club have now come. They will have memories of some very difficult times not least 1992-93, when Harlow had to sit the season out when financial difficulty threatened the club's existence.










Attendance: 935
Admission: £10
Programme: A rather hefty £3.50
Tea: 50p
Coffee: 60p



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Subsequent visits to Barrows Farm


20 August 2011 - Harlow Town 1 Romford 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 203
25 January 2014 - Harlow Town 2 Witham Town 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 286
11 July 2014 - Harlow Town 6 Enfield 1893 0 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
18 July 2014 - Harlow Town 2 Enfield Town 1 - Friendly - Attendance: 157
6 September 2014 - Harlow Town 1 Soham Town Rangers 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 426
16 September 2014 - Harlow Town 2 Grays Athletic 4 - FA Cup, 1st Qualifying Round Replay - Attendance: 248
22 November 2014 - Harlow Town 4 Redbridge 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 261
14 February 2015 - Harlow Town 1 Wroxham 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 220
28 February 2015 - Harlow Town 5 Barkingside 2 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 250
4 April 2015 - Harlow Town 0 Cray Wanderers 2 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 251
7 July 2015 - Harlow Town 2 Newmarket Town 1 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
11 July 2015 - Harlow Town 1 King's Lynn Town 2 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
31 August 2015 - Harlow Town 4 Redbridge 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 244
8 September 2015 - Harlow Town 3 Barkingside 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 195
12 September 2015 - Harlow Town 5 Bedford Town 1 - FA Cup, 1st Qualifying Round - Attendance: 301
3 October 2015 - Harlow Town 3 Ware 1 - FA Trophy, Preliminary Round - Attendance: 284
10 October 2015 - Harlow Town 2 Batch City 2 -  FA Cup, 3rd Qualifying Round - Attendance: 606 
3 November 2015 -  Harlow Town 6 Merstham 2 - FA Trophy, 1st Qualifying Round Replay - Attendance: 210
17 November 2015 - Harlow Town 3 Heybridge Swifts 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 155
28 November 2015 - Harlow Town 4 Phoenix Sports 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 227
05 January 2016 - Harlow Town 1 Thamesmead Town 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 176
09 January 2016 - Enfield 1893 3 Ilford 2 - Essex Senior League - Attendance: 65
09 February 2016 - Harlow Town 4 Wroxham 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 167
13 February 2016 - Harlow Town 4 Thurrock 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 351
27 February 2016 - Harlow Town 4 Aveley 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 245
26 March 2016 - Harlow Town 3 Soham Town Rangers 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 251
16 April 2016 - Harlow Town 3 Great Wakering Rovers 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North - Attendance: 275
27 April 2016 - Harlow Town 3 Cray Wanderers 0 - Isthmian League, Division One North Play-Off semi-Final - Attendance: 832
01 May 2016 -  Harlow Town 3 AFC Hornchurch 1 - Isthmian League, Division One North Play-Off Final - Attendance:1655
19 July 2016 - Harlow Town 4 Enfield 1893 1 - Friendly - Attendance: tbc
23 August 2016 - Harlow Town 1 Dulwich Hamlet 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 328
29 November 2016 - Harlow Town 2 Hendon 0 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 206
20 December 2016 - Harlow Town 2 Merstham 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 208
31 December 2016 - Harlow Town 2 Leatherhead 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance:362
02 January 2017 - Harlow Town 2 Canvey Island 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance:307
17 January 2017 - Harlow Town 1 Lowestoft Town 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance:155
24 January 2017 - Harlow Town 3 Metropolitan Police 1 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance:144
04 March 2017 - Harlow Town 0 Billericay Town 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 450
17 April 2017 - Harlow Town 0 Enfield Town 3 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 607
1 August 2017 - Harlow Town 2 Cambridge City 1 - Friendly - Attendance:249
5 September 2017 - Harlow Town 2 Thurrock 1 - FA Cup, 1st Qualifying Round Replay - Attendance: 230 
10 October 2017 - Harlow Town 2 Dorking Wanderers 2 - Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 130
21 Coctober 2017 - Harlow Town 1 Margate 1 -  Isthmian League, Premier Division - Attendance: 168

Total 44



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