140th birthday of Marlow Football Club

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Marlow FC 1883
Marlow FC in 1883

Marlow FC is one of the oldest football clubs in the country, being formed  on 22nd November 1870 at a meeting at The Compleat Angler Hotel.

The club are acknowledging this special birthday on 20th November 2010 during and after the game with AFC Hayes. Food, music a raffle and good company will be provided!

During the early years, the club was a major force in the game.  Marlow F.C. entered the very first F.A. Cup Competition in 1871/72 – and is the only club to have applied to enter the  F.A Cup competition every year  since it began – although they were unable to compete in the 1910/11 season. They even reached the semi-finals back in  1882 – losing to the eventual winners Old Etonians 0-5 at the Oval.

Although now based Alfred Davis Memorial Ground in Oak Tree Road, the club has moved around since it’s inception.  Originally the Club’s ground was Crown Meadow, now the Riley Recreational Ground, and from 1919 was Star Meadow – now the location of housing in the Spring Gardens area. The existing ground was in use from 1928, with the grandstand being built in 19830.

The club’s website www.marlowfc.co.uk has more on the history of the club, as well as details of how to get involved with the club –including the youth teams.

Marlow FC home ground
Marlow FC home ground

Best of luck for the match on Saturday – and Happy Birthday!!

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded MyMarlow.co.uk in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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