It’s F A Challenge Cup Day and we extend a warm welcome to Beaconsfield FC for their return visit to Wadham Lodge.

Although it was only twelve years ago both clubs have changed their names and are now in different leagues to when we last met.

Beaconsfield were formed by a merger between Slough Youth Club Old Boys and Beaconsfield United to become Beaconsfield SYCOB in 1994. Over the years Beaconsfield won the championship of the Spartan League Premier Division a couple of times yet were denied promotion due to ‘technicalities’. We have also suffered from that in the past.

Finally, after sorting all that out they were promoted to the Southern League Eastern Division in 2004. At the same time Waltham Forest were shunted from the Isthmian League and also went into the Southern League.

For us that lasted two seasons before we were all put back in the Isthmian League. For Beaconsfield they lasted just one season before turning up in the Western Division. You do wonder who thinks this all up sometimes.

Today’s Programme is for the return match played on Monday 28th March 2005. In the first meeting Waltham Forest ran out winners by three goals to none.
This time the honours went to Beaconsfield who won by three goals to one. Showing that home advantage counts for nothing.

Had a brief look through the programme and found it contained pictures of Andy and Charlie, for a moment I thought Crimewatch was back.

To be fair Beaconsfield caught us on a poor run of form for in the final ten league games of the season we only won two and drew one. Mind you that included the demolition of poor old Berko by ten goals to one!

The programme also included a piece by our current Vice Chairman on Beer. These days you can expect to find in the pages of the current programme the ultimate guide to the local hostelries by our own Beer Hunter. No one better to comment on the local pubs as he has been thrown out of most of them, and not for being drunk! The rattle is I think still considered to be an offensive weapon.

Looking back at the players we had available we perhaps should have done better with the likes of Gavin King in goal, long serving Simon Tickner who had come up through the Youth set-up, David Bastian and Dwayne Clark.

Also, in the side was Alan Cox another youth team player, had he not been injured he could have had a good career.

We all remember him being part of the Youth side who reached the last sixteen of the FA Youth Cup. I had to look up where Wes Thomas is now, after playing for Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Blackpool, Birmingham and Oxford City I see he is now at Grimsby Town.