Southgate Athletic

The club was founded in May 1948 as Southgate Estate Athletic (or simply Estate Athletic) by 15 keen footballers at the Bramley Sports Ground and its first league was the Wood Green & Southgate League.  Their early years were extremely successful. Starting in Division 2, they dropped only one point in 20 games and scored 126 goals in clinching the league title. The following season saw another promotion as the club finished runners-up in Division 1, a position that the club replicated in their third season, this time in the Premier Division, as well as winning the Wood Green & Southgate Senior Cup.

 

In 1951 “Estate” applied to join the higher standard Nemean League, but were rejected as their ground in Oakwood Park was not of the required standard. They were admitted into the Northern Suburban Intermediate League and in their debut season they won the Division 1 title and with it promotion to the Premier Division. One of the club’s best players, striker Vivien Felton, was signed by Barnet before moving on to Crystal Palace. “Estate” regularly finished in the top four places, but their most successful season was 1955-6.

 

There was cause for celebration at the start of the season when they played the first game at their new ground in Tottenhall Road on September 24th, an occasion which was marked with a 7-1 win over Wormley Rovers. By May they had clinched the Premier Division title for the first time. The club completed the double as their reserve team won the Reserve Section title as well. The second X1 was particularly strong and were winners of their section of the league on several occasions.

 

In the summer of 1962 the club changed their name to Southgate Athletic. They continued to enjoy reasonable success and were Premier Divison champions for the second time in 1969-70 season. In 1971 Southgate switched to the newly formed Metropolitan-London League where they were placed in Division 2 of the reserve section. Promoted to Division 1 at the end of their first season, they found themselves in the same division again as Brimsdown Rovers with whom they had had many battles in the Northern Suburban Intermediate League. In 1975 a merger between the Metropolitan-London and the Spartan Leagues saw the club now playing in the London Spartan League Intermediate Section. They suffered their first ever relegation from Division 1 in 1980, but gained promotion the following year and were champions of the section in 1983 and 1984. Another of the club’s players was signed by a professional club when Peter Fishenden joined Norwich City. Sadly he never made the first team, but did play for the East Anglian team’s reserves.

 

Buoyed by their recent triumphs, Southgate applied for, and were granted, senior status for the 1985/86 season. The club finished runners up in their first season as a senior club in the London Spartan Senior Division and were promoted to the Premier for 86/87, the club’s reserve side were also champions of the reserve division in 85/86.

 

A very respectable 5th place was attained in their debut season in the top flight, followed by a runners-up position in 1987/88. This season also marked Athletic’s debut in the FA Vase where they defeated J&M Sports, Newport Pagnell Town, Vauxhall Motors (Luton) and Faversham Town before United Counties League side Northampton Spencer knocked them out in a 3rd round replay 3-1.

 

 

The club managed a 3rd place position in 1989/90 and then 11th, 15th, 22nd (bottom) and 18th out of 19 teams in 1993/94 which was to be their last season in the London Spartan League. The club’s record for their final season read played 36 won 6 drawn 5 lost 25 goals scored 47 goals conceded 90 points 23.

 

Southgate then dropped into the Middlesex County League Premier Division for the 1994/95 season, taking over the place previously held by their reserve team. It was struggle for the team winning only 7 of their 24 games. The next season was even worse with a record of 5 wins from 20 games and a finish of 2nd from bottom in the league.

1996/97 was to be Athletic’s final season when they finished bottom of the league wining just four games against Stonebridge Town, Mill End United, Pitshanger twice. Their final victory came away at the latter in a 4-3 win on Saturday 5th April 1997. The club also suffered a humiliating 11-0 defeat at Willesden Constantine on 14th December 1996.

 

Southgate did not enter a team for the next season and have not played since.