Ground Number: 944
Saturday 3rd April 2021
Mill End Sport 3-0 Evergreen Reserves
Herts County League - Division 3 Cup
MILL END SPORTS FC - A BRIEF HISTORY
The original Mill End Sports FC was established in 1937 and from what I can tell, played in the Watford & District League during their formative years, I couldn't find any league tables from that period but they moved to the Middlesex County League in 1968. A 7th placed finish in their first season was respectable but they gradually slipped down the table and even finished bottom in 1972. Results gradually improved after that and by the mid-late 80s, they were far more successful, finishing as runners-up in 1984 & 1985 before being crowned champions the following year. In 1987, they joined the Chiltonian League and were Division 1 Champions in 1989. The following year, they achieved what was probably the best-ever finish in the club's history, finishing 4th. Whilst the league never had a defined place in the non-league pyramid, it supplied clubs to the South Midlands League which itself was a feeder league to the Isthmian League. They were demoted to Division 1 in 1992 due to ground grading issues and left the league altogether the following year. There was a serious possibility of them getting floodlights in the late 1990s, but plans fell through. A Mill End United would finish 11th in the Middlesex County League in 1997 but the original club would not emerge until 1999 when they joined the Herts Senior County League Division 1. In 2003, they'd finish 3rd but left to join the West Herts Saturday League. They'd rejoin in 2006 and the following season, a 3rd place finish was good enough for promotion to the Premier Division. Though they struggled at the higher level, they spent all but one season in the Premier, with a best-ever finish of 10th in 2009 and 2015. Despite this, the club appears to have folded after this. In cup competition, the club won the Hertfordshire Junior Cup in 1969 and were runners-up in 2005 when Marina OS Sports lifted the trophy.
In 2019, a new Mill End Sports was established by former Oxhey Jets FC stalwart Jim Wagner whose aim was to provide a platform for youngsters to progress to senior football. The club was placed in the Herts Senior County League Division 3, which sits at step 10 of the non-league pyramid or level 14 of the English football league system overall. It has been a bit of a false start for the club so far, last season was interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic and the records are nowhere to be found. I did learn it was a poor season, with just 7 points gained all season. They did, however, attract around 150 fans to their games, as locals flocked to support them. This season, a decent start has been made and Mile End Sports sit in 6th, having won 5, drawn 1 and lost 2 of their games so far. Once again though, the pandemic has thrown things into chaos and the season looks to be curtailed for the second season in a row. The semi-rural village of Mill End is located near Rickmansworth which has an underground station on the Metropolitan Line. It is also located close to junctions 17 & 18 of the M25 Motorway. The population is just under 24,000 and it was once home to George Orwell and Val Doonican. It is also a popular filming location, having been used for shows such as Grange Hill, Harry Enfield's Television Programme and Ashes To Ashes.
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An enjoyable game today ended Mill End Sports 3-0 Evergreen Reserves - goals here pic.twitter.com/p9zF5Zdb88— ⚽Russell Cox💙 (@RussWWFC) April 3, 2021