Club Profile

First Played: 1984-5

Win Rate: 63% (from 8 games)

Last Updated: 01 July 2022

Finchley. Chris Finch. Bloody good rep. No one is saying otherwise. But we’d rather know how we fared against this north London football club. It’s a part of the smoke that gave us Baby Spice; is the setting for The Funniest Joke of the Worldand sent Margaret Thatcher to the House of Commons nine times. So, a little something for everyone to enjoy.

A league opponent in the mid-1980s and early 1990s, cash issues saw them merge with Wingate; creating Wingate & Finchley in 1991. It came after a 1990-1 campaign in which they’d ended second-bottom of Division Two North; Boro’ making no mistake in our two fixtures. After a 6-0 win at their place, we won 7-0 indoors on the way towards the title.


Finchley: The Facts

Who are Finchley?

One of the oldest clubs in the land, Finchley were formed by N L “Pa” Jackson in 1874. It actually made ’em the sixth oldest. After competing in the North London League, the club joined the London League in 1902 for the next 10 years; becoming a founder member of the Athenian League in 1912. There was some back and forth between the competitions during the inter-war years, but they settled down in the Athenian League after WWII.

The 1950s turned out to be quite successful for them, relatively speaking. After reaching the 1952-3 FA Cup Third Round, the following campaign saw the club claim the Athenian League crown. Two dud seasons passed before coming close to the title again; having to settle for second in 1956-7 on goal average. It happened twice more in the 1960s too. In 1973, however, it was time for change and Finchley joined the Isthmian League.

Why do we know Finchley?

The club was a member of the Isthmian League’s new Division Two. But they seemed to find the competition a bit of a struggle; often found towards the bottom of the table. It was not until the 1981-2 season that they hit the dizzying heights of 12th in the table. And that came a season after ending up rock bottom. But, with nowhere to go, they remained part of the Isthmian League. And, in 1984, we arrived on the scene as the competition grew.

Finchley: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 8 5 0 3 24 9 15 15 63%
Home 4 2 0 2 9 5 4 6 50%
Away 4 3 0 1 15 4 11 9 75%
League 8 5 0 3 24 9 15 15 63%
Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a 0%

* league points only

Finchley: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Saturday 06 April 1991

Saturday 15 December 1990

Saturday 30 December 1989

Saturday 02 December 1989

Saturday 28 March 1987

Tuesday 30 September 1986

Tuesday 19 March 1985

Saturday 08 December 1984

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