Sunday, 26 January 2020

Another Greenwich club folds

Charlton fans have not been fazed by the plan of barking Arsenal fans to form a new club with the aim of moving back to Woolwich (where?) but it's sad news that Greenwich Borough have folded. They have withdrawn from the South-East Counties League with immediate effect. Over the years many Charlton academy players or former 'stars' like Bradley Pritchard have found a home there.

Established in 1928, their old stadium at Harrow Meadows was sold to property developers in 2009, leading to a series of ground shares, including Dartford FC. In 2016 they won promotion to Division One of the Isthmian League and agreed a ground share with Cray Valley PM at the Badgers Sports Ground in Eltham.

They had a falling out with Cray Valley and were evicted in April 2019 for non-payment of rent. There have been various accusations and counter accusations, headlined in a page long report in The Non-League Paper today as 'Now it's Kent rivals at war.' I would be interested to hear any reports of gunfire and explosions in Eltham.

They moved to the Phoenix Sports Ground in Barnehurst, but have struggled and were bottom of the SECL Premier Division.

People up here in Warwickshire often ask me where Charlton play and I usually say 'Greenwich' in the hope they might know where that it is. Generally the response is, 'so, East London then.' The nice lady on the Marks & Sparks till who asked if there was anything there got a quick summary of the attractions!

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