From a small village in Northamptonshire, Irchester United were one of our very first opponents in senior football. The Romans, at the time, were actually called Irchester Eastfield; changing the name in 1980 after an apparent merger with Wellingborough Eastfield. It wasn’t until 1990 after we’d long since gone our two different ways that they went back to calling themselves United.
We’d also say that our 1981-2 United Counties League Cup Quarter Final loss after a replay is the first of many penalty shoot-out failures. It seems harsh. But we feel true. Anyway, after two 1-1 draws, the Romans went through; the shoot-out ending 4-3.