Here at Boro’, we have taken on our fair share of opponents over the years. Some of ’em were little more than passing acquaintances; others, meanwhile, became – well – irritatingly familiar. For all those many, many times we had to go up against sides like W*king, for example, there’s no shortage of the rarer match-ups either. The lesser spotted oppos, if you will. So, we are pillaging our archives to see how many you (and, to be fair, we) can remember. This time, then, we’re asking you this: where in the grand scheme of things do Marlow stand?
And to make it clear, it’s Marlow and not Harlow or Gary Barlow that we’re talking about here. The club from Bucks are probably up there with the oldest sides we’ve gone tete-a-tete with. The Blues’ heritage stretches back a mammoth 147 years, dabbling with the name Great Marlow in the early years. To be fair, we’ve never been to Marlow – so we don’t know if it’s great or not. You’ll understand, however, that whatever they got up to in the late 19th century is of little concern to us. After all, we didn’t meet them for the first time until 1984!
Marlow: Us And Them
Our first meeting with the Blues came in our first season out of the United Counties League frying pan and into the Isthmian League fire. And, as first encounters go, Boro’ did OK. Well, more than OK. After heading over to the Alfred Davis Memorial Ground, we made ourselves well and truly at home. A brace apiece for Jim Beech and Kevin Lowe laid the foundation for our 5-0 win that day. The return fixture was not so momentous; Boro’ settling for a point at Broadhall Way. It was, however, the last time we’d meet them for four years.
That’s because Marlow had been placed into Division Two South at the end of the 1984-5 campaign. The next time we did meet, in 1987-8, we had very contrasting fortunes. That season saw Boro’ relegated for the first time in the club’s senior history. The Blues, however, romped to the title – clocking up 101 points and still only pipping Grays by a point! Even so, we were one of their five defeats that term. It also delivered Marlow’s only ever win against us. More pertinently, it meant another four-year gap until our paths would cross once more.
So, 1992. Up we went to the Premier Division. There were the Blues, waiting for us. Well, not waiting for us specifically, but you get our drift. The two years spent at that level (by us) meant four more tussles with them. Three went our way; the last – in March 1994 – was a goalless draw. And then it was our turn to go up, and that’s where we left it. Marlow are the only club to apply for entry into the FA Cup each year since its inception in 1871. It may well take that very competition to provide our next encounter with them these days.
Boro’s Record vs Marlow
P8 W5 D2 L1 F16 A7 – League Points: 17, Cup Meetings: 0, Win Rate: 63%
BoroGuide’s Marlow club profile – for old time’s sake…