Who are Waterlows?
To be honest, we’re struggling a bit. Few details seem to exist in the expanse of tinterwebs. And, because we have almost nothing to go on, it looks like we’ll wrap this one up sooner rather than later. So, what exactly do we know about them? OK, the story starts with Waterlow and Sons Limited, an engraver of currency, postage stamps, stocks and bond certificates operating out of London, Watford and Dunstable. The latter, as you are no doubt working out from how this sentence is shaping up, is where the club we’re talking about came from.
If you’d like some better context on the what, who and why of Waterlows Football Club, take a peek at this thread on Tony’s Non-League Forum. For our purposes, however, we’ll stick to the broader details. The club joined the South Midlands League in 1922, left in 1930 and then rejoined in 1946 – according to the Football Club History Database, that is. There, you can see the club’s progress for most of the period between 1952 and 1985. And it’s near the end of that stretch (obviously, given when we formed) that Boro’ enter the picture.
The 1983-4 FA Vase campaign, to be exact, is the only time our paths would cross. It’s fair to say that neither of us had much of a pedigree in the competition. It was their third season in the Vase, having made it all the way to Round One the season before. For us, however, it was only our second. Yet our drawn-out preliminary round tie against Uxbridge in 1982-3 meant we had played as many Vase ties as Waterlows: three. But that’s not the point. In 1983-4, Waterlows would give Boro’ a first ever FA Vase win – 4-1 in the Preliminary Round. Nice.
And that’s it. The trail goes cold. Like other clubs from our past that were linked to companies or industry, Waterlows is one that seems to have reached the end of the road some time back now…