Walthamstow Avenue

Club Profile

First Played: 1987-8

Win Rate: n/a

Last Updated: 03 July 2022

We think we know what you’re thinking. And, no. You’re wrong. Walthamstow Avenue isn’t the BBC’s new school-based drama series. The A’s are (or were) a fairly formidable non-league outfit in their time. And they are (Were? Ed.) a side with whom we at Boro’ had a fleeting relationship with in the late 1980s. In fact, you it’s not a million miles from the truth to say that we were one of the last to take on the East London club before its 88-year history came to an end.

After meeting us for the first time during the 1987-8 season, Walthamstow Avenue merged into Leytonstone-Ilford that summer. The club were actually one of the top amateur sides in the country during the 1950s; winning their second and third Isthmian League titles (the first came in 1946) and adding a couple of FA Amateur Cups into the mix. After ending up in second place at the end of the 1979-80 season, the 1980s didn’t prove as bright. And that’s where we end.


Walthamstow Avenue: The Facts

Who are Walthamstow Avenue?

Now, the origins of this tale start back at the turn of the century. By which, we mean 1900 – not 2000. This is when, of course, Walthamstow Avenue FC came to be. After joining the London League in 1901, the A’s didn’t see it as the competition for them and left after a season. In between 1901 and 1929, however, the trail goes cold until the side pops up as members of the Athenian League. In almost no time at all, the club set itself as a force to be reckoned with outside of League ranks – winning the title at their first attempt.

Other notable highlights before the Second World War Two included their first appearance in the FA Cup First Round (1930-1) and their first League scalp (1936-7), as well as four more Athenian titles. The War, however, proved a watershed, and not just in terms of the European socio-political scene. The A’s moved to the Isthmian League at the start of the 1945-6 season and wouldn’t look back. In the first 10 years of their membership, the club won the title three times; came second twice (once on goal average) and lifted the FA Amateur Cup.

From 1955, second would be as good as it got for Walthamstow Avenue. There were three instances where the club was pipped to the title between then and 1988. One of those seasons was 1960-1; a season in which they did, to be fair, claim the FA Amateur Cup once again. That said, it was a season they were perhaps upstaged by their noisier neighbours down the road in Tottenham. As the years rolled on and the Isthmian League split into two divisions, Avenue’s powers were waning – despite finishing second in 1979-80.

Walthamstow Avenue: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0 0%
Home 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0%
Away 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0 0%
League 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0 0%
Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a 0%

* league points only

Walthamstow Avenue: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Tuesday 22 March 1988

Saturday 05 December 1987

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