There are some teams that are mere spots on the rich tapestry that is Boro’s history – such as the folks from Rayners Lane. But for one solitary FA Cup encounter in 1988, we’ve had no reason to come up against the Lane again. At the time, they were members of the Hellenic League. And they were up until 2017. Since then, however, the club made the switch to the Spartan South Midlands League. More recently, they opted to join the Combined Counties League.
The wonderful world of non-league football means that it’s impossible to predict who you might come up against in the Cup, Trophy or Vase. Too many variables. You have a much better chance of getting it right on the Premier League or Champions League predictions at thatsagoal. At this level of the game, there’s a creeping sense of familiarity and sometimes that’s just a bit of a shame.
Rayners Lane: The Facts
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Rayners Lane, South Harrow, HA2 0XH
Our research doesn’t give us much to go on, so we’ll tell you what we know. Rayners Lane were formed in 1933 – but it’s not until 1963 that we spot them on our radar. This was by virtue of becoming members of the Spartan League; a competition in which there were normally at least 16 teams. The Lane, however, never finished in the top 10. In search of a new landscape, the club switched to Hellenic League Division One in 1978.
After five seasons, a first major honour of sorts was confirmed; the Lane taking the Division One title and securing a place in the Premier Division. Here, they remained through until 1996. For some reason, they decided to leave at this point. First, they played in the Middlesex League. Next, it was the Chiltonian League. But they came full circle in 2000 as the Chiltonian merged with the Hellenic to pop the club right back where they were before.
How to get to Rayners Lane – Travel Information – Distance: 28 miles
You need to go all the way down the A1(M) and A1 to Apex Corner, before taking the third exit at the roundabout for the A41 towards Watford. After 1.5 miles, take the second exit at the roundabout for the A410 and continue to follow this road for 3.4 miles. Take the first exit at the roundabout for Headstone Lane by Hatch End Playing Field, before turning left after 1.4 miles onto the A404.
Not long after, turn right for Station Road (A4090) and go past North Harrow tube station. Turn left into Clitheroe Avenue after a mile, then the second exit at the roundabout.
We think you should find enough parking spaces at the ground.
Station: RAYNERS LANE
Services to: KING’S CROSS ST PANCRAS, FINSBURY PARK
Come out onto the main road, head down almost opposite the station exit. After passing a cricket ground, turn left and continue on – before turning right onto Union Terrace. At the mini-roundabout, turn left and then right for the ground.
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