Thursday 11th May - The final games for the season. Tuesday evening saw the 2nd team game away to Albanian postponed, because of a potentially dangerous pitch. With the second having already clinched promotion the game will not be rescheduled.
Wednesday saw the final 1st XI game away to Ulysses, a 3-2 victory which ought to have been more comfortable, though a promising debutant up front offered hope for next season.
Thursday saw the final fixture, the 4th XI away to Hale End 3rds. Supposedly. In fact Hale End fielded a highly unpleasant loaded side in a meaningless game, which should have been a pleasant end of season run out, winning comfortably 4-0, with one player dismissed, one booked and a torrent of abuse aimed at the Accies for no reason. Quite pathetic.
Saturday 5th May - For the Accies, the final Saturday of the season, and a day of glory. The 1st XI needing a draw away to Albanian found themselves on a pitch resembling the moon (three days' sunshine turning it from a bog to a dried horror). No chance of good football but a 0-0 result ground out to confirm the SOL Premier title for the first time in the club's history. Huge credit to skipper Steve Nash, who steps down from his position at the top.
To cap the day the 2nd XI won 8-1 at Parkfield, ensuring their promotion to the top division in the Intermediate Section. A good deal of credit should go to last year's skipper Jon Davies for laying the foundations, and this year's, Stu Bannister. With 43 points from 19 games the 2nds are extremely unlucky to not go up as champions - alas Pegasus march on and are now just one point behind with three games in hand.
The 3rd and 5th XI's completed their seasons today. The 3rds, mainly absent, were bolstered by seven 6th XI players, and produced a creditable 1-1 draw away to London Airways. The 5th XI, fighting for second position in Junior 2 North won 3-2 away at Albanian, putting a huge dent in their title chances.
In Junior 3 North Old Bealonians won both games of their double-header against Old Woodhouseians. Old Bealonians now only need to win one of their two remaining games (against their own 7th XI) to overhaul the Accies 6ths.
Tuesday 1st May - unbelievable. A midweek 4th XI game at Hale End postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
Saturday 28th April - The season draws to a close. The 1st XI trailed 1-0 against HAC, but picked up to win 4-1. A draw next week against Albanian or a win against Ulysses the following week will clinch the SOL Premier title.
Lower down the 3rd XI lost both games of a double-header against Albanian, 3-2 and 3-1. The 5th XI faced a must-win game against Hale End (ideally by seven or more goals) but lost 5-3, extinguishing their title chances. The 6th XI lost a hard fought match against Albanian on a mud-heap to finish their season. Now all that is left is to watch and wait. If Old Bealonians 6ths can win three of their remaining four games (against Old Woodhouseians and Old Bealonians 7th XI) the Accies 6ths will be overtaken, otherwise the Junior 3 North title is ours.
Sunday 22nd April - Veterans Cup Final Day and all of the glory boys turn out for the final! Fourteen players, on time, with kit, referee and balls, quite shocking for these veterans of the 80's. The Vets side described as playing "the same negative football as your firsts, eight men behind the ball and attacking on the break" though more due to lack of energy than design. 2-0 up at half-time, Jim Graven and Mark Bradley supplying the goals (Brads defying a vicious challenge from a divot to slot the second) and a third added midway through the second half to clinch the Trophy.
Saturday 21st April - A mixed day. All six sides playing but the 1st XI's 12 month unbeaten run finally ended, 1-0 losers away to Hale End. With Albanian winning two wins are still required from their last three games to guarantee the Senior One title.
The 2nd XI won (2-1) and drew (1-1) a double header against Mill Hill, consolidating their potential second position, but Pegasus won to reduce the chances of a league title. The 3rd XI won 2-1 away to Old Grammarians, whilst the 4th XI won 3-2 away to Albanian, both strengthening their top half positions, neither with realistic title chances remaining.
The 5th XI's title chances slipped as they drew 2-2 away to Mayfield Athletic, Hale End collecting four points from a double header to lead by three points (with a superior goal difference). Both sides have two games left, including a crunch game between the two.
The 6th XI came from 2-0 down after 10 minutes to beat Parkfield 3-2, Matt Wanford notching a hat-trick. A win next week and Old Bealonians 6ths dropping a point in their remaining double headers (vs Old Woodhouseians and their own 7th XI) would clinch the title, but Bealonians have the advantage on goal difference.
Saturday 14th April - Easter Saturday, so most of the Accies AWOL. But the 4th XI playing at Shenley, and gifting Old Woodhouseians a 2-1 win after leading with fifteen minutes to go. On a brighter note Albanian 1sts slipped up against Mill Hill, leaving the 1st XI needing just two wins out of four to clinch the league, and Bealonians 6ths dropped two points in a double header against Parkfield, helping the 6th XI cause.
Sunday 8th April - Shenley in the morning, and the Veterans defeated Ealing Association 1-0 to reach the SOL Veterans Cup Final. Under the cosh for the whole game, Ealing must have missed around twenty chances, with Ian Christopherson impassable in goal. The Accies created just two chances, with Jim Graven burying the only goal of the game. Undeserved perhaps, never mind!
Saturday 7th April - Decent weather and a fantastic weekend for the Accies. At Old Wilsonians the 1st XI retained the AFA Senior Cup, with a last minute winner in a 2-1 victory over Polytechnic. Certainly not a fair reflection of the game, the first half was evenly balanced but John Houghton left the Accies leading 1-0 at half-time. In the second half Polytechnic had most of the pressure, but stout defending kept the score at 1-1 until the final minute when Joffsie bagged his second. Polytechnic were distraught, but the Accies showed they knew how to win even while playing badly.
Elsewhere all other sides played except for the 4ths. The 2nd XI had a double header at Centymca, winning the first 2-1 and drawing the second 1-1, consolidating their top-two spot in Intermediate Two. The 3rd XI played City of London in a double-header, winning the first 2-0 but losing the second 3-2, ending any faint hopes of winning Intermediate Three. The 5th XI beat Parkfield 3-1, continuing their run on the rails for the Junior 2 North title, while the 6th XI drew 3-3 with Old Bealonians, a disappointing result but a point gained after a poor display. Spencer Gore perhaps set an Accies record, with three games in a day. A morning kickoff up front for the 6ths, and in goal for the 2nds in an afternoon double-header.
Saturday 31st March - A better week, but still weather affected. 3rds cancelled away to City of London yet again, and the 5ths cancelled at home against Cardinal Pole, bane of the season, who could not raise a side for the second time. Alas too late to switch the 3rd team game to Shenley.
On the field the 1st XI had a comfortable 4-1 win over Mill Hill, eliminating their slim SOL title hopes, in front of the Non-League Newspaper reporter. The 2nd XI cruised to an easy 6-2 win over City of London, whilst the 4th XI played a double-header away to Old Bealonians, winning the first game 3-1 and drawing the second 0-0.
Saturday 24th March - Yet more rain, and only two games in the whole SOL survived the weather, fortunately including the Accies 6ths. All other sides rained off.
Away to Southgate County the Accies started slowly, and after half an hour went 1-0 down, with keeper McConnell playing a blinder. Finally the boys woke up, Andy Watt hitting a superb equaliser to make it 1-1 at half-time, before Matt Redman ran riot in the second half, scoring the second and creating the third. Late pressure resisted with a fine save by Crorie on the line, tipping a shot over the bar (fortunately not spotted by the referee, as he was playing fullback). A comfortable(ish) 3-1 win.
Saturday 17th March - Friday saw heavy rain which continued into Saturday, giving already sodden ground no chance of recovery. All Saturday's games were cancelled early in the morning, and Sunday's games followed. No fixtures.
Saturday 10th March - A return to the AFA Senior Cup Final. In a game of two halves in poor conditions at Bank of England the Accies reached half-time lucky to be only 1-0 down to Old Salesians, and playing terribly. A forthright (!) team-talk by Steve Nash and Lee Pessall kicked the Accies into gear and within a minute of the restart Gareth Jones had equalised. Despite further dodgy moments goals from Jon Houghton (2) and Neil Gillard finally saw the Accies through against a youthful Salesians side. The final is at Old Wilsonians in Beckenham on Saturday 7th April.
At Shenley the 2nd XI returned to winning ways, trouncing Wandsworth Borough 9-0, whilst the 4th XI saw their title hopes seriously dented with a 3-0 loss at home to Southgate County.
The 3rd XI (away to London Airways), 5th XI (away to Parkfield) and Vets (away to Birkbeck) all fell victim to the weather with the 6th XI not having a fixture.
Saturday 3rd March - a mixed day as the crunch fixtures come thick and fast. The 1st XI took a major step towards the club's first SOL title with two wins over Nottsborough in a double header, 2-0 and 5-0. However, the 2nd XI's title hopes all but vanished with a double loss to rivals Pegasus 2-0 and 4-0. The 3rd XI, comfortably ensconced mid-table were postponed away to City of London.
For the 4th XI two draws against Mill Hill Village reduced their chances of catching University of Hertford, though also seriously dented Mill Hill's chances. The 5th XI produced an excellent 3-2 win away to Southgate, increasing their outside chances of a league title, while the 6th XI fought back to secure a 2-2 draw against Old Woodhouseians, keeping their chances alive.
Saturday 24th February - double headers abound. The 1st XI produced two 0-0 draws away to Old Grammarians, somewhat narrowing the gap to the chasing sides. The 2nd weren't playing, while the 3rd XI defeated BBC in a double header, 3-0 and 5-0 at Shenley.
The 4th XI had mixed fortunes, defeating TASK 2-1 in the first half of a double header but losing the second 4-0. The 5th XI lost 4-3 to Mill Hill Village, despite leading with ten minutes to go whilst the 6th XI had a comfortable 7-1 win over Old Bealonians 7ths, Matt Wanford netting four times.
Saturday 17th February - How to beat the perfect day? First the sun shone, and all six league sides played, an improvement over recent weeks already. Six teams playing, seven victories! What more could we ask?
In the postponed AFA Quarter Final the 1st XI travelled to HAC to return with a deserved 1-0 victory, Neil Gillard scoring the critical winner. The 2nd XI marched on in the league with a 7-2 win away to Old Bealonians, whilst the 3rd XI gained revenge over Mill Hill Village, notching a 5-1 away league win.
At Shenley the 4ths beat table-topping University of Hertford 2-0, putting them back in control of their own destiny title-wise, while the 5ths beat Old Woodhouseians 4-2, maintaining the pressure on Albanian, the other realistic title contenders. In a double header the 6th XI beat Albanian 7ths 3-0 and 4-1 to extend their lead at the top of the table, and ensure that they retain control of their own title chances.
Saturday 10th February - Actually dated 8th February. It rained. And rained and rained. All Saturday's games fell victim to the weather courtesy of Thursday's downpour. The Veterans did play Thursday evening, on astroturf against Catch 22, losing 2-1 with Mark Bradley netting again.
In the AFA Senior Cup Polytechnic beat Old Meadonians 5-1, Old Salesians beat Lensbury 5-3and Civil Service beat Carshalton 3-2 to reach the semi-finals, with UCL Academicals and HAC rearranged for next weekend. If we win that game we play Old Salesians.
Saturday 3rd February - Will the rain ever stop? The 2nds, 4ths and 6ths fell victim to the weather, but another perfect day for the survivors. The 1st XI sneaked a 5-4 win away to Mill Hill Village, courtesy of Gareth Jones (hat-trick) and Neil Gillard (whose absence meant the last minute penalty winner wasn't missed)!
At Shenley the 3rds avenged their 4-0 loss to Parkfield in fine style, winning 12-2 with Simon Edwards notching a hat-trick and Owen Jones scoring four. The 5th XI played a cup/league double header against Old Bealonians, winning both games 2-1.
Saturday 27th January - Yet again weather affected, though only the 5th XI who travelled to Bealonians to find a pitch passed fit by the council groundsman was unplayable. Elsewhere a clean sweep of results. At Shenley the 1st XI beat HAC 4-2 in the league, two weeks before their AFA Cup quarter final, despite trailing 2-0 after five minutes. The 3rds gained revenge by beating Kings Old Boys 4-1, three debutants adding much needed support to the injury-hit squad, and the 6ths beat Albanian 5-1, the one a howler by the keeper.
Away from home the good form was matched, the 2nd XI winning 3-2 at BBC, having been 2-0 down and the 4th XI winning 3-2 at Old Woodhouseians.
On Sunday the Veterans reached the SOL Cup semi-final, beating Old Bealonians 4-0 at Shenley, Mark Bradley notching a hat-trick.
Saturday 20th January - Almost a full set of games, frost being the latest concern with all teams travelling facing pitch inspections prior to kickoff. In each case referees deciding the games could proceed. The 1st XI won away at Ulysses in the SOL Cup, 1-0 to reach the quarter finals. At Shenley the 2nd XI drew 1-1 with Old Bealonians, missing countless chances. The 3rd XI lost 3-2 away to Mayfield Athletic, another in their series of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
The 4th XI fell victim to the weather, cancelled on Friday, whilst the 5th XI drew 2-2 at Shenley with Hale End Athletic, the 6th XI gained revenge by beating Mill Hill Village 3-1 and the Veterans losing 5-2 to William Fitt Old Boys.
Saturday 13th January - A full quota of games, and the Accies traditional post-Christmas hangover reared its unwelcome head. In the AFA Senior Cup the 1st XI reached the quarter-finals, beating Old Vaughanians 1-0. Despite a much improved performance on the week before chances went a-begging until Gareth Jones, introduced as a sub notched the lone goal with twenty minutes to go. The 2nd XI followed a similar pattern, with 0-0 all over the game until Alex Green netted twice in the final ten minutes to secure a 2-0 league win over Old Woodhouseians.
Elsewhere, gloom. The 3rd XI lost 9-3 away to Kings Old Boys, the 4ths XI's AFA Cup run came to a 5-0 end against Old Actonians, the 5th XI lost 5-2 at home to Albanian and the 6th XI fell 3-1 on a Mill Hill Village minefield. Nuff said.
Saturday 6th January - The bad weather continues into the New Year. Only two games possible at a sodden Shenley, so the 6ths cancelled and the 2nds and 5ths being cancelled in away games. At Shenley the 1st XI made hard work of beating Old Woodhouseians, Brenton Amadee leading the line superbly and scoring the second to seal the win. With Ulysses losing to HAC the Accies have a nine point lead at the top of the SOL Premier. The 3rd XI lost 3-2 to Mill Hill Village, also at Shenley. The 4th XI, re-arranged to Firs Farm beat Southgate County 6-1, Stewart Goold scoring a hat-trick and even Steve Woodrow netting, albeit from the penalty spot. We've created a monster!
Saturday 16th December - The last full weekend before Christmas, and no postponements. The 1st XI struggled to a 4-2 league win at Shenley against Wandsworth Borough on one of those bad days that come along a couple of times a season. The 2nd XI defeated Parkfield 2-1 in the league top maintain their top position. The 3rd XI finally managed to play Old Grammarians, this time at Shenley and lost 1-0. The 4th XI reduced their fixture congestion concerns by losing to Parkfield in the SOL Cup, while the 5th and 6th XI's maintained their table-topping form with away wins against Mill Hill Village and Mayfield Athletic, 3-2 and 3-1.
Saturday 9th December - No away games, all postponed. At Shenley the 1st XI won 3-1 against Old Finchleians to reach the last sixteen of the AFA Senior Cup. 1-0 down at half-time, once Neil Gillard had finally arrived (following a tour of south Hertfordshire) the Accies comfortably won through with goals by Steve Hair, Neil Gillard and Rick Hirst. The 4th XI comfortably beat an ill-disciplined Mayfield Athletic side 7-1, the opposition having two players sent off. The 6th XI once again snatched a draw from the jaws of victory against Southgate County, finishing 3-3 after leading 3-0, Spencer Gore scoring a hat-trick. And the Optimists lost out 3-2 to Tansley, though with further reclamation projects seeing Al James and Pat Leane finally returning to the Accies fold.
The 2nds were postponed away to Old Bealonians, the 3rds away to Old Grammarians and the 5ths away to Cardinal Pole, who kindly waited over two hours to notify us at midday on Saturday, ensuring half the team travelled anyway.
Saturday 2nd December - Yet more weather problems. Shenley once again fell victim to the rain, a sodden ground already suffering from the previous weekend's matches not surviving Thursday night's rain. A hectic Friday saw the 2nd XI rearranged to Centymca's ground, only to be postponed after a late afternoon inspection and the 4th XI game rearranged to Globe Rangers ground. The 6th XI game against Albanian was a write-off. The 3rd XI game away to Old Grammarians was also postponed.
On the Saturday the 1st XI travelled away to Ulysses and won 2-0 in the league, extending their unbeaten start to the season. The 4th XI beat Globe Rangers 1-0 to reach the last sixteen of the AFA Cup, a game somewhat marred by the poor attitude of the opposition on the pitch and a horribly late challenge leaving Simon Valentine with a damaged ankle ligaments. The 5th XI lost away to Old Brentwoods in the AFA Cup, 5-2, on astroturf - perhaps taking advantage of the training facilities might have helped!
Saturday 25th November - The poor weather continues, with only four of six sides playing, and all enduring a first half rainstorm rarely seen (causing the last minute cancellation of Watford's home game a few miles away).
The 1st XI clinched a critical home league win, 1-0 over Hale End in a hard-fought game, Terry Foster's penalty being decisive. The 2nd XI managed perhaps a record, two games cancelled within 24 hours. First their league game away to Old Bealonians on Friday afternoon, then a friendly against Enfield Old Grammarians on Saturday morning.
The 3rd XI finally played their SOL Cup game against Centymca, first postponed a month ago and comfortably won 7-0. The 4th XI, playing only their second game in six weeks beat league leaders University of Hertford to notch their second win of the season.
The 5th XI played tough against the wind, slope and torrential rain in the first half to trail Southgate County 3-0 but with the easing elements in the second half collapsed, losing 8-1. The 6th XI and Veterans fell victim to the elements, away games against Mill Hill Village and Old Parmiterians being postponed.
Saturday 18th November - More cancellations, but five of seven sides played. On the Saturday the 1st XI beat Old Esthameians 2-1 in the AFA Cup, a big game matching two of last year's semi-finalists. Two early goals and then a "Rorke's Drift" defence. In the league the 2nd XI dropped their first points of the season, drawing 2-2 against Old Woodhouseians at a sodden Shenley. The 3rd XI beat Birkbeck 4-2, whilst the 6th XI lost their first league game of the season, 3-2 to Mayfield at home. The 4th XI were rained off away to Old Bealonians (who annoyingly rearranged to play University of Hertford away at the last minute) while the 5th XI had no fixture, Cardinal Pole unable to raise a side. On the Sunday the Optimists (Veterans) continued their unbeaten run, beating Wandsworth Borough 3-2 to reach the quarter finals of the SOL Veterans Cup.
Saturday 11th November - The day of a hundred phone calls? Despite fears every single team's game went ahead, though the phone lines on Saturday morning were buzzing. The 1sts reached the last sixteen of the SOL Cup beating Inland Revenue 11-0. The 2nds continued their perfect league season winning 2-0 at City of London. The 3rds, bemoaning the lack of substitutes lost 4-2 in extra time (2-2 after normal) to Old Salvatorians in the AFA Junior Cup. The 4ths and 5ths won AFA Minor and Senior Novets Cup ties, 5-1 and 5-2 against Old Kolsassians and Old Camdenians 5ths while the 6th XI continued their unbeaten league season, winning 3-1 away to Old Bealonians 6ths.
Saturday 4th November - Guess what. Another quiet day. With the River Colne having flooded Shenley was underwater, so no home fixtures. The 2nd XI survived to play away to Old Colfeians in the SOL Cup, and a 7-0 halftime score showed the gulf in class, the Accies running out 8-1 winners, the consolation goal ruining James Hogg's clean sheet to the delight of a watching keeper who takes the "golden gloves" seriously but shall remain nameless (clue: he's the 1st team keeper and fixture secretary). In Junior 2 North the 5th XI visiting Old Woodhouseians for an "agricultural afternoon", winning 7-3 on a pitch that Barnet Council had declared unfit for play!
Saturday 28th October - Another quiet day with six out of seven games postponed and only the 6th XI surviving the downpours, but not Polytechnic. 3-0 down at halftime against the wind, back to 3-3 and then a heartbreaking last minute winner.
Saturday 21st October - A quiet day. No fixture for the 1st XI and a Friday night deluge caused the cancellations of the 4th, 5th and 6th XI games. The 2nd XI didn't have a referee for their game so played a friendly, and the 3rd XI lost at home to Mayfield Athletic, 2-1.
Saturday 14th October - The perfect day? For probably the first time all six Accies sides won on Saturday. The 1sts faced a comfortable game in the SOL Senior Cup against Intermediate Three side Mayfield, and everything flew in. New recruit Jon Houghton scored five, Steve Hair and Gareth Jones hat-tricks and even Dan Chantler scored in a 16-0 win. In Intermediate Two the 2nds made it three out of three beating last year's title winners, Albanian 3rds, 1-0.
The 3rd XI won their AFA Cup game, 3-1 at home to Old Chigwellians with Scott Atkinson notching a hat-trick. In a thriller the 4ths won 4-3 away to Mayfield 2nds, taking the lead four times and gratefully accepting a last-minute offside to deny Mayfield's fourth equaliser. The 5th XI, only ten men due to an accident en route for their keeper, won 5-0 away to Old Bealonians, whilst the 6th XI, unbeaten this season continued their run winning 5-1 away to Old Woodhouseians in a top of the table clash.
Saturday 7th October - Early kickoffs the order of the day, courtesy of the England Germany World Cup qualifier. The 1st XI visited Old Woodhouseians and ground out a 2-1 league win, to extend the season unbeaten run to three games. The 2nd XI played Fitzwilliam Old Boys in the AFA Cup and lost on penalties: 1-1 after normal time, 2-2 after extra-time and a heart-breaking 4-3 penalty shootout decision.
The 3rd XI won 3-2 away at Birkbeck, making hard work of a game they should have won comfortably. The 4ths lost 3-1 away to Hale End Athletic, a game in which they could well have picked up a result. With the 5th XI inactive the 6ths continued their unbeaten run, beating Old Meadonians 3-0 in the AFA Intermediate Novets Cup.
On the Sunday the Optimists finally picked up their first victory, defeating Birkbeck 11-1.
Saturday 30th September - The 1st XI grabbed a last second draw with Albanian, 2-2 at Shenley, whilst the 2nd XI comfortably cruised to a 6-0 away to Wandsworth Borough. The 3rd XI picked up their first point of the season with a home 2-2 draw against London Airways.
The 4th XI won a thrilling AFA Cup game away at CUACO, 6-4, whilst the 5th XI ran out victorious against Parkfield, 6-3. The 6th XI drew 2-2 away at Old Bealonians.
Saturday 23rd September - A pleasant surprise as the Accies manage to field six sides for league fixtures on the opening day of the season, including the much revamped fourth XI. The 1st XI started promisingly with a 5-1 win away to Wandsworth Borough with new faces replacing a few departures, coming from 1-0 down and a saved Wandsworth penalty. The 2nd XI also started off in winning ways, beating BBC 2-1 at home.
For the 3rd XI a season much anticipated saw a dose of realism with a 4-0 defeat away to Parkfield. The "new" 4th XI lost 3-1 at home to Albanian, runners up last season and were disappointed not to have got a result, a good sign for the future and the general consensus seemed to be that a promising season lay ahead for the new squad. The 5th XI led Mayfield 1-0 when injury reduced them to ten men, running out 3-2 losers whilst the 6th XI beat Parkfield 2-0 at home.