Developing and supporting the game in Middlesex since 1883...
A timeline of our history.
The Assistant Honorary Secretary of The Football Association, Nicholas Lane Jackson, was tasked to organise three County FAs, amongst which was Middlesex. Mr Jackson, who had the previous year been instrumental in the founding of Corinthians FC, became the Middlesex County FA’s first Chairman.
Middlesex County FA briefly part company from The Football Association. A short time was spent in partnership with the Amateur Football Association, which later became the Amateur Football Alliance. Most clubs loyally followed and remained affiliated to the Association, which was reconciled with The FA after just a few years.
A Professional Cup Committee had been formed, represented by the County Officers and one representative of each affiliated professional club. At this period there were 178 clubs and 72 leagues affiliated to the Association. The professional clubs in membership were Chelsea FC, Clapton Orient FC, Fulham FC, Millwall FC, Queens Park Rangers FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC.
The Middlesex Schools FA is founded (a separate Youth Association would be formed in 1950 to serve clubs providing youth football and this became part of the main Association in 2001). The Middlesex County FA also initiated the Middlesex Youth Invitation Cup, which was contested by eight professional clubs, including Portsmouth FC. This competition grew to become the South East Counties Youth Football League, forerunner to the South East Counties League, and today’s FA Premier League Youth Academy.
Middlesex FA win their first of five FA County Youth Cups with victory over Leicestershire and Rutland FA.
The Sunday leagues and clubs of Middlesex joined the Association, more than doubling its affiliated membership. Referees involved in Sunday football also registered with Middlesex from this point, having a similar effect on the number of Middlesex County FA referees.
The Middlesex County FA acquired its headquarters building in Harrow. It contained a Council Chamber, two Committee Rooms, a Common Room and a Secretary’s Office.
Mark Frost is first paid official of the Association when appointed as Executive Officer.
Harrow Borough beat Wembley 1-0 to win 100th Senior Challenge Cup Final. Norsemen win Veterans’ Cup in its inaugural season. Bedfont Sunday reach final of FA Sunday Cup, losing 1-0 to Seymour.
Staines Town perform Senior Challenge and Senior Charity Cup double.
Enfield reach 3rd round of FA Cup, losing 2-0 away to Leicester City.
Wembley Ladies reach the Women’s FA Cup final, losing 1-0 to MIllwall Lionesses.
Peter Clayton becomes first paid County Secretary of the Association. Inaugural meeting of Women’s Committee (3rd June). Women’s Rep team play first match, losing 2-0 to London at Wingate and Finchley. Middlesex win Home Counties Amsport/Nabisco Cup.
Fulham Ladies Reserves beat Wembley Mill Hill Reserves 5-2 to win inaugural Women’s Junior Cup.
Middlesex Youth FA becomes the Middlesex County Youth Division. Jeff Ritson becomes President of MCYD. Women’s rep team lose Southern Counties final to London 3-6 after extra time.
Charlotte Edwards is appointed as the Association’s first Women’s Football Development Officer. Middlesex win Home Counties Youth Championship and Home Counties Amsport/Nabisco Cup.
Apr 17th – the Association becomes a Private Limited Company. Peter Clayton becomes Company Secretary and Derek Mennell Chairman of the new company. Barbara Bivens becomes the first female chairman when she becomes Chairman of the Middlesex County Youth Division.
Yeading reach round 3 of the FA Cup and are drawn at home to Premiership Newcastle United. The game is switched to QPR, where Yeading lose 2-0.
The Association celebrates its 125th Anniversary. A Gala Dinner is held at the Wembley Plaza Hotel with FA Chairman, Lord David Triesman, as chief guest. Commemorative matches were played against Middlesex Wanderers (men) and a South East Select XI (women). Both matches were drawn. The women’s rep team retains the Home Counties Championship (under its new name the South East Counties Championship).
Middlesex reach final of FA County Youth Cup, losing 3-2 to Cheshire at Barnet FC. They won the South East Counties Championship.Youth Council formed.
Middlesex win FA County Youth Cup, beating Cornwall 2-1 in the final at Barnet FC.
The Association relocate to brand new headquarters at Rectory Park in Northolt.
Middlesex Community Football Centres is formed to run the daily operations of Rectory Park.