Boro’ have a decent track record at Wembley. Yeah, *that* one. But what about *this* one? And how confused are you right now? Well, in the shadow of the Arch lives a team that goes by the name Wembley. There’s nothing strange about that. It does, however, create a parallel universe in which we’re talking about our record against the Lions – not how we fare when we end up at the national stadium. And it’s fair to say the record with the former isn’t as good as we’d hope.
It took two replays for us and Wembley to be separated the last time we played; our FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie in 1993. After a 2-2 draw at ours, the first replay at their place ended 1-1. For some reason, it needed a second replay. And at theirs again too. It went their way by a single goal. These days, we’re looking more likely to turn out at the other place with the same name. But that’s not to say the Lions aren’t a team against whom we could brush up our record against.
Before 1946, it seems the area known as Wembley was home to England’s national football stadium – but not a football team of its own. Locals felt this was a bit of a silly situation, so brought together Sudbury Rangers and Sudbury Ratepayers to create the team we know as Wembley. And, no, there is no link between the club and the stadium of the same name – except the part of London in which you’ll find both of them, clearly.
After being members of the Middlesex, Delphian, Corinthian and Athenian leagues, The Lions found themselves competing at the dizzying heights of the Isthmian League from the mid-1970s onwards. Division One would be as good as it got for them, however – a 21-year stay at that level coinciding with our first meeting in 1986, despite four successive seasons of being so near to promotion and, yet, so far from promotion too.
How to get to Wembley – Travel Information – Distance: 26 miles
Head straight down the A1(M) and A1 and go right through to Apex Corner. Once you get there, take the second exit at the roundabout and join the A5109 for a mile. At the third roundabout you come to, go right for the A5109 and continue into Stanmore. Head across the roundabout onto Charlton Road and then turn right after nearly a mile onto the A4006.
Now you’ll be in the Harrow area. At the Northwick Park Roundabout, take the first exit for the A404. Turn left after 1.6 miles for the ground.
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