It’s out-of-hours now. The football season, that is. There’ll be no more dashing down the Lamex for some time, unless you work there. Or if you just like dashing there anyway. It takes all sorts. In this fallow period known as the ‘close season’, we have a World Cup to busy ourselves with. That, and the muted joy of finding out who has agreed to a kickabout before we do it all again for 2018-9. Could we be off to Potters Bar Town once more?
Potters Bar Town: Who Are They?
Formed in 1960, Potters Bar Town started life as Mount Grace Old Scholars. This goes a long way to explaining why their nickname is The Scholars, not The Potters as we’d been hoping and possibly also expecting. The first years were spent at district level, claiming the North London Combination Premier Division title in 1968. From that summer on, however, it was onto county competition and the Herts County League Division Two.
The Scholars won the Division Two title at the first time of asking and went up to Division One. It took another five years before they reached the Premier Division. But for three campaigns in-between 1979 and 1982 when they were back in Division One, they’d had found their level. In 1984, the Old Scholars bit was lopped off their name. And, in 1991, so was Mount Grace. They only avoided being nameless by going with Potters Bar Town.
The name change came at a time of heady heights for the Scholars; winning the Herts County League title and reaching the FA Vase Third Round. So, they took it up a step and moved to the South Midlands League Premier Division. After being crowned champions on goal difference in 1997, they were founder members of Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division North the following season and came second. Their ascent continued.
Us And Them…
It continued, yes, but only to a point. The fact is they still had plenty of ground to make up on us, even during the morose mid-table-of-the-Conference years at the turn of the Millennium. Not even cup competitions have put Potters Bar Town in our cross-hairs. In fact, all us and them have managed has been of a friendly nature. It literally is the extent of it; one example being the summer of 2004 or 2005. Or 2006. We can’t quite remember.
And Then What?
So, there’s nothing much left for us to say. To be fair to the Scholars, the season just gone saw ’em promoted out of the Isthmian League North Division. It was their first season back in the competition after a bit of time in the Southern League. The 2016-7 FA Cup, meanwhile, saw Potters Bar Town reach the Fourth Qualifying Round for the first time. So, maybe this story is still in progress? And maybe we’ll pay a visit this summer too…
Potters Bar Town: Boro’s Record
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• BoroGuide’s Potters Bar Town club profile – for old time’s sake…