Boro’ are no strangers to a good few number of clubs; a long list of opponents building up year-by-year. We are now up and above 300, as it goes. Some of them are little more than passing acquaintances; minor footnotes in the big book of Boro’ history. Others, meanwhile, can be said to be annoyingly familiar. Y’know, those “others” like W*king. Yet, there are plenty of the rarer match-ups too; the lesser spotted oppos if you will. So, week-by-week, we’re looking back at our record against all those clubs. This time, it’s the turn of Flackwell Heath.
From near the town of High Wycombe they come, do the Heathens. And with them comes more than 100 years of history wedged under their belt. For the best part of 70 years, the club shared their time between the High Wycombe and District League and the Great Western Combination. In 1976, however, came a change of scene: the Hellenic League. Promotion from Division One was earned at the first go. Five years were then spent in the Premier Division, followed by two in the Athenian League. After that folded, it was into the Isthmian League.
Flackwell Heath: Us And Them
The 1984-5 season saw Flackwell Heath compete in the Isthmian (or Servowarm) League Division Two North for the first time. It just so happens that a certain Stevenage Borough were also making their debut in that same competition too! Oh, what japes! The first meeting, however, didn’t take place until March 1985, with both the home and away legs making up two of our last nine games of term. The first was at their gaff, and a less-than-successful experience; Martin Sperrin scoring the consolation in our 3-1 defeat at Wilks Park.
It remains the first, last and (to date) only time that Boro’ have lost to the Heathens. The return meeting fell on the last day of the season and we made amends with a 3-2 win; Graham Cox, Doug Pirie and Kevin Lowe finding the net for us. Flackwell moved across to Division Two South that summer, but that isn’t the end of the story. In fact, we didn’t wait long for a third meeting at all. That next season, the FA Vase draw paired us together. You can say there was a hint of déjà vu too, as Boro’ ran out 3-2 winners for the second time in as many encounters!
Us two stayed apart in the league set-up from 1985 onwwards; in part due to us going up to Division One. Mind you, it probably has more to do with us being seen as northern and them as southern. One more meeting was forthcoming, however. Again, it was thanks to the FA Vase draw in 1989-90. The outcome, too, was the same – even if the score wasn’t quite; 2-1 this time. To be fair, it was still in keeping with a fixture that produced enough goals alright: 17 in total, at an average of just over four per game. Here’s to the next meeting then!
Boro’s Record vs Flackwell Heath
P4 W3 D0 L1 F9 A8 – League Points: 3, Cup Meetings: 2, Win Rate: 75%
BoroGuide’s Flackwell Heath club profile – for old time’s sake…