Old Meads Handed League Trophy at Presentation Dinner
John Salako honours champions at event at the Oval
On Saturday the 20 May one of the largest ‘Pay to Play’ leagues in the United Kingdom, the Amateur Football Combination(A.F.C.) , founded on the millennium, held its 17th end of season presentation dinner at the Kennington Oval Test Match Cricket Ground.
The most successful club in the A.F.C., at least as far as first teams are concerned, Chiswick’s Old Meadonians F.C. which had, before this last season, already won the A.F.C. Premier Division Trophy six times in the league’s short duration, were presented with the 2016/17 title by the event’s guest speaker, John Salako.
The A.F.C. was founded on the Millennium when the London Old Boys League amalgamated with the Southern Olympian League, has 100 clubs and, since some clubs run upwards of four sides each, caters for around 400 teams.
Although the Oval is famed for hosting cricketing firsts, like the first ever inter club match in the 18th Century and is renowned as an international cricket venue, having hosted the first test match between England and Australia in 1880, football is no stranger to this venerable venue. Equally importantly the Oval can also claim fame as one of the midwives at the birth of ‘the gentle game’, having hosted the first ever international football match between England and Scotland in 1870 and the first F.A. Cup Final in 1872.
June 1, 2017