Catford Southend – The Non-League Club that nearly took over Charlton Athletic – Part 2

Running Past

In the first post on Catford Southend they were left at the outbreak of World War 1 as ‘a solid non-League team with a relatively new ground in early 20th century suburbia, in a similar position to many non-League teams that are still around almost 100 years later.’

Their story is picked up after hostilities ceased and football resumed in 1919, like a lot of sport, the Athenian League that The Kittens had played in before the war had been mothballed during the bloodshed of World War 1.  By the time the Athenian League was reformed for the 1919/20 season, Catford Southend had moved on – newcomers to the league that season were to include local non league stalwarts Kingstonian, Bromley and Wimbledon.

Catford returned to the London League after the War, it had been their ‘home’ for much of their existence.  On the field, the 1919/20 season was a struggle…

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Catford Southend – The  Non-League Club that nearly took over Charlton Athletic  – Part 1

Running Past

Catford Southend have been mentioned once or twice in passing in Running Past, notably in relation to their almost takeover of Charlton Athletic and the latter’s brief stay at Southend’s then ground in Mountsfield Park, The Mount.  Their story is worth telling in its own right as it became a salutary lesson of what happens when there is over-ambition within football clubs.

The club seems to have had its roots in a forerunner club, Catford Rovers, which played from around the 1898/99 season against teams from around Deptford, Lewisham and Greenwich, including Greenwich Pupil Teachers (1).  The first reference to Catford Southend was at the beginning of the 1900/01 season with a newspaper report (2) inviting friendly opponents and a trial on playing fields on what is now Canadian Avenue – possibly a rear entrance to what are now St Dunstan’s School playing fields .  The secretary lived in a…

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Sunday 27 August, 11.45am – Meeting at Mountsfield Park community garden to discuss problems with crime, dog nuisance and antisocial behaviour in the park – All Welcome!

Meeting at Mountsfield Park community garden to discuss problems with antisocial behaviour, crime and dog nuisance in the park – Sunday 27 August, 11.45am. All welcome!

Dogs, Drugs and Alcohol – New restrictions for Lewisham’s parks and green spaces? Please complete Lewisham Council’s consultation!

Dogs, drugs and alcohol – new restrictions for Lewisham’s parks and green spaces? Please complete the Council’s online consultation of current and proposed control of dogs, drugs and alcohol for Lewisham’s parks and green spaces https://lewisham-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/community_services/crsp/public_space_protection_order

@LewishamCouncil @GlendaleLew @GlendaleUK when will we have our dead and dying trees replaced at Mountsfield Park SE6?

@LewishamCouncil @GlendaleLew @GlendaleUK when will our dead and dying trees be replaced at Mountsfield Park? These photos show just some of the many trees at Mountsfield Park that are dead or dying mainly because of strimmer and mower damage by Glendale and Lewisham Council staff. You recently replaced two strimmer damaged trees in the recently refurbished play area. We really need many more trees planted to replace those that have been lost during the 17 years of the 20 year Glendale Lewisham Council parks contract. eg the avenue trees and other important trees in the park. These photos below show just 15 of the many dead or dying trees at Mountsfield Park that haven’t been replaced by tree planting at similar locations. The dead trees should be replaced by larger sized protected staked trees rather than saplings or whips.

Newly planted tree at Mountsfield Park play area - dead because of strimmer damage

Recently planted tree at Mountsfield Park play area – dead because of strimmer damage causing ring-barking  or girdling

Felled Indian bean tree at Mountsfield Park at the nature reserve

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