Eynesbury Rovers are a club that takes their name from a part of St Neots and have a story dating back to late Victorian times. Now, the bit where Boro’ come into the equation is a little later down that particular line. If you really want to know, it was the 1981-2 campaign; promotion to the United Counties League Premier Division an opportunity to meet the Rovers for the first time. And our record is as even as it gets; two wins, two draws and two defeats our return from six matches to date.
Eynesbury Rovers: The Facts
Alfred Hall Memorial Ground
Hall Road, Eynesbury, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 2SF
The year it all started for the Rovers was 1897. In those earliest of days, the club played friendlies – before joining the Biggleswade and District League, followed by the St Neots Junior League. While they won that competition in 1911, their first major honour is considered to be the Hunts Senior Cup in 1914 because this was a higher standard of competition. The club also achieved success in Division Two of the Bedford and District League on three occasions between 1927 and 1932.
In 1934, Rovers joined South Midlands League Division Two and were promoted at the first attempt; coming second in the table. But they wouldn’t last much longer in this competition, with World War Two performing a sort of bookend role. The club first joined the United Counties League in 1946, but actually spent most of the 1950s and early 1960s as “the most westerly club” to ever play in the Eastern Counties League.
The burden of cash problems forced their hand in the late 1950s. It meant that Rovers had to revert to being an amateur cup once more. The 1960-1 season was dismal too; failing to win a match and collecting a lonely three points. Two years later, they again finished bottom and moved back to the United Counties League. It was the start of a long association with the competition; one that saw them promoted in 1977 as champions of Division One and remaining a Premier Division club until 2001.
Regaining their spot in the Premier Division in 2014, the club temporarily left the United Counties League in 2019. It seems like a complete waste of time in hindsight; transferring to Spartan South Midlands League for two seasons that wouldn’t be completed due to Covid-19. The first campaign to be completed at that level after the worst of the pandemic was 2021-2, with Rovers having already made the switch back to the United Counties League
How to get to Eynesbury Rovers – Travel Information – Distance: 26 miles
This looks like a pretty simple trip up north. Leave the A1 for St Neots; joining the A428 at Wyboston Lakes. Next, travel along to Tesco; taking the first exit at the roundabout for the B1043 Barford Road. Keep on this road for 0.7 miles and across four roundabouts in total, before turning left onto Hardwick Road. After that, it’s left onto Hall Road.
There should be no issues parking here, with a reasonable enough car park available.
Station: ST NEOTS
Services to: STEVENAGE
At 1.5 miles and 30 minutes, it’s a fair old walk between the station and ground. Turn left onto Station Road; heading down to the B1428 Cambridge Road. Go straight on and into Cromwell Gardens, following this around for some distance until you pass St Neots Auto Electrical. Turn right into Mountfort Close and then left onto Barford Road. Go right again into Hardwick Road.
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