Now then, let’s talk Harrow Borough; a fellow Boro’ that once turned out against us with a certain Graham Westley in their squad. In fact, our Graham was on the scoresheet as Boro’ (them) beat us 3-1 during the 1992-3 Diadora League Premier Division campaign. We’re going to say that we think he made up for it later on in life, though. As for them, well, a long run in the Isthmian League eventually came to an end in 2018 when they moved across into the Southern League.
Harrow Borough: The Facts
Carlyon Avenue, South Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 8SS
This is a Boro’ with a few more miles in their legs compared to us; first emerging in 1933 under the name Roxonian and competing first in the Harrow and District League. With ambitions a bit broader afield, they joined the Spartan League Division Two West after one year and moved into their Earlsmead Stadium for good measure. As runners-up in 1938, they narrowly missed out on promotion. But they only had to wait an extra season; winning the title in 1939 and sporting their brand-new Harrow Town name too.
The club stayed in the Spartan League after World War Two; securing promotion to the Delphian League in 1958. We reckon things would’ve remained as they were after this. But the Delphian League collapsed in 1963, which saw Boro’ – like others – join the Athenian League. And, in their first season, they came so close to the Division Two title; missing out only on goal average. Still, it was enough to see them go up to Division One. Three seasons later, they were relegated – and changed name to Harrow Borough.
Joining the Isthmian League in 1975 started a 43-year association with the competition. And it’s a period not without its highlights. The 1983-4 season actually saw them claim the championship, as well as a run that took them to FA Cup Round Two. And yet the club decided against promotion to the Conference not once – but twice. The rationale was that such a move would be detrimental to their long-term security in the financial sense. A brave move, you must admit. But one they’d come to regret? Who knows…
After that purple patch, things were never quite the same again. Boro’ struggled more often than not; the sight of them in the top half of the Isthmian League Premier Division a rarity. Indeed, only goal difference kept them up in 2000.
How to get to Harrow Borough – Travel Information – Distance: 28 miles
The quickest means of getting to Harrow Borough is likely to be the most direct at the same time; heading straight down the A1(M) and A1 until you’re at Apex Corner. Here, take the second exit at the roundabout for the A5109. It’s only a mile-long stretch, but there are two roundabouts to negotiate before a third, where you’ll take the third exit – staying on the A5109.
Continue onto Camrose Avenue and then again onto Taunton Way, before taking the second exit at the roundabout for Charlton Road. Turn right onto Kenton Road (A4006) and continue along to the roundabout by the University of Westminster and Harrow Hill Golf Course.
Take the second exit for the A404, before taking the first exit at the next roundabout for the A312. Yet another roundabout is on the horizon; take the second exit for Lascelles Avenue and continue onto Treve Avenue and then Porlock Avenue. At what looks like an elaborate roundabout with a McDonalds, go straight (or second exit) for Roxeth Green Avenue and it’s more or less a straight line from here for about a mile.
Turn left into Carlyon Avenue, and then right for Earlsmead.
We’d suggest looking into street parking opportunities first and foremost.
Station: NORTHOLT PARK
Services to: LONDON MARYLEBONE
Leave the station on its northern side and head towards Northolt Road in a westbound direction. You should end up at a roundabout/junction, where you’ll be turning right and then left by an entrance to Alexandra Park. From Somervell Road, it’s a slight right for Carlyon Avenue. A third of a mile up here is Earlsmead.
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