All the teams that Boro’ have played; all the grounds that we’ve been to as well. It has been quite a journey for Stevenage Football Club, and we can arguably mean that in more ways than one. Since starting out on our long path to the Football League, we’ve met no shortage of opponents trying to stand in our way. Some were more successful than others; some are more familiar than others too. We’re making it our job to go back through our archives to see who’s who and what’s what. This time, our lucky raffle ticket holder is… Chalfont St Peter.
Chalfont St Peter: Who Are They?
The Saints (but of course. Ed.) hail from leafy Buckinghamshire, having formed in 1926. At first, they kept busy in local leagues. After the Second World War Two, however, the club went
global regional; making their debut in the Great Western Combination in 1948. After 1958, there were spells in the Parthenon League, the London League, the Spartan League and the Athenian League would follow. It’s in 1984 that our interest is piqued; the year Chalfont St Peter joined the Isthmian League – or the Servowarm League as it was known at the time.
Chalfont St Peter: Us and Them…
The happy combination of coincidence and circumstance. That’s what threw us and Chalfont St Peter together ahead of the 1984-5 season. Just like Flackwell Heath and Harefield United, Boro’ and the Saints were fresh to the Isthmian (Servowarm) League. Both placed in Division Two North, the first two meetings were a breeze; us winning away then home without conceding (2-0 and 1-0). The second season was similar; Boro’ running out 3-0 winners in our third encounter and winning the return league fixture to nil too (2-0).
So, four meetings and a nice big egg in Boro’s Goals Against column? Not quite. The Saints did, however, break their scoring duck in the 1985-6 season, thanks to a close FA Vase R2 tie wedged between the league games.
In 1986, we went up to Division One. The Saints moved across to Div Two South. It wouldn’t be until 1991 and (our second crack at) Division One that saw us face off in league action once more. That said, there was an AC Delco Cup meeting in 1987; the only time Chalfont St Peter have beaten Boro’ to date. Like old times, our first league reunion saw them draw a blank. Mind you, so did we; a sharp contrast to the return, which we won 5-1. We were on the rise, however, and the 1991-2 season was the last we would play the Saints in the league.
And, yet, we did meet the following season for one final time (for now); Boro’ winning 2-1 in the FA Trophy.
Chalfont St Peter: And Since Then?
For Boro’, our direction of travel was up. For the Saints, however, it was static at best. The club remained in the Isthmian League – relegated from Division One to Division Two in 1994, and relegated again in 2000 to Division Three. Three became Two after a bit of reorganisation in 2002, but Two was abolished in 2006. So, the Saints joined the South Midlands League Premier Division. It was a successful move too – winning the title at the fifth attempt in 2011 and earning promotion to Southern League Division One Central, where they are today.
Chalfont St Peter: Boro’s Record
P9 W7 D1 L1 F19 A6 – League Points: 16, Cup Meetings: 3, Win Rate: 78%
BoroGuide’s Chalfont St Peter club profile – for old time’s sake…