Who are Berkhamsted Town?
In 1919, a group of ex-servicemen came together to form Berkhamsted Comrades. This team competed in two competitions at the same time at first: the West Herts League and the Herts County League. Three years later and the Lilywhites took their place in the Spartan League. It was also the time at which the club opted to swap out Comrades for Town. From this point onwards, the story is relatively settled. So, there’s not a lot for us to report on.
It is in 1951 that we pick up the path. The Lilywhites were founder members of the Delphian League. It didn’t go all that well for them. After recording a string of lower table finishes, the club came bottom for four successive seasons. But they stayed in the competition up until the time it’d be dissolved; coincidentally a season in which they finished second. That was in 1963. Like others, they had to find a home in the Athenian League. They did just that. But it’d be a short-lived arrangement.
Why do we know the Lilywhites?
Cash woes forced their hand in 1966. The club left the Athenian League and joined the Spartan League. This remained the case until the 1980s, when – like Boro’ – an expanded Isthmian League gave them a chance to step it up a level. In 1993, they won promotion to Division One for the first time; two years after we’d done it and started our sustained rise up the pyramid. It wouldn’t happen for the Lilywhites, however. They suffered relegation for the first time in their history in 1999 and returned to Division Two.
The club made its first appearance in an FA Vase final in 2001. Three seasons later, the non-league pyramid underwent a reorganisation. It was the end of the line as far as the Isthmian League was concerned. Instead, the Lilywhites would become members of the Southern League. This remained the case until 2008, when a poor season saw them relegated from the competition; putting them in the Spartan South Midlands League. It wouldn’t be a change they’d see through, though. Their record would be expunged on their dissolution.