Beckenham Town Football Club began life in 1971, metamorphosing out of the chrysalis that had been Stanhope Rovers, a local junior club operating most successfully in South East London Amateur league. Previously, the old Beckenham Town had become affiliated to The Kent FA in 1887. Records also show the club had played in the London league from 1923 to 1933 and 1951 to 1961, The Aetolian League from 1961 to 1964, and the Greater London League from 1964 to 1969. At one stage the Rt. Hon Harold Macmillan MP. was president. Honours include the London League Championship in 1927-28 and runners-up in 1930-31. During the 1950s the team was a feeder club for Crystal Palace FC. In 1969 the old club folded, and the modern Beckenham Town became the town’s only senior club. Joining the London Spartan League in 1975, the club then began to enjoy some success. Runners-up to Fisher Athletic in the Senior Division in 1977-78, Town also reached two league cup finals, getting beat on both occasions, by Welling United and Farnham Town.
In July 1980 Beckenham moved to their present ground in Eden Park Avenue. By 1982-83 Beckenham had joined The Kent League. During that era former owner of Crystal Palace FC Mark Goldberg played and managed the club. Another player at that time was Gerry Dolke who is presently Chairman of Ryman League Club Bromley FC. At one time Jason Euell presently of Charlton, Ray Potter who played over 220 games for West Brom and Dot Morris who played over 70 games for Crystal Palace FC were on Towns books. In the 50s former Beckenham player Pat Saward played for Aston Villa and captained The Republic of Ireland.
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Beckenham reached 2 more Kent League Cup finals in 1984-85 and 1992-93 finishing runners-up on both occasions.
The club have a tradition of long serving officials, some of whom have been with the club for over 15 years. Howard Smith and Geoff Ward have been with the club both, as players and officials for 50 years. Peter Palmer Club secretary has clocked up some 15 years, while Ian Muir has followed the club since the 60s. Former 1940s player Alf Silver can still be found at Eden Park Avenue every Saturday.
Beckenham’s’ best home crowd is 1,562, against a Celebrity XI in
In 2003 Beckenham were awarded £100,000 by the Football Foundation for ground improvements. In the summer of 2004 a new pitch with improved drainage was laid along with hard standing all round. It was also decided to invest in perimeter fencing around the ground to deter vandals. There are plans in the pipe-line for further improvements. Discover more…