Southwark Borough F.C.
Southwark Borough FC was formed in 1975 as Southwark Sports FC.
Beginning life as a Sunday side, it wasn't long before the ambitious club had moved onto Saturday football and gained senior status, joining the London Spartan League in 1982, reaching its top division by 1984.
The 1988/89 season saw three significant changes for the club. Firstly a move was made from the side's home in Dulwich to groundshare with Fisher Athletic at the Surrey Docks Stadium in Bermondsey. Secondly the club changed its name from Southwark Sports FC to Southwark Borough FC, so as to associate more closely with its real home area.
A further change also saw the club introduce the 'Cockney Sparrow' as its official crest. Believed to have been designed by the club's chairman at the time, Mike Keegan, the sparrow was said to represent the club's urban location.
Although no records exist showing Southwark's crest prior to the Cockney Sparrow, it has been suggested that the club used the arms of the London Borough of Southwark. If so, this could explain the introduction of a new crest in 1988, as Fisher Athletic FC (landlord to Southwark Borough Football Club for the 1988/89 season) was also using a version of these arms. Two different clubs, sharing the same crest, as well as the same stadium, surely wouldn't have been acceptable in the eyes of either!
It was far from smooth going for Southwark Borough FC during the 1988/89 campaign, however. At the season's conclusion, the club was thrown out of the London Spartan League under rule 17, which dealt with the misconduct of clubs. It then found itself homeless after Fisher Athletic terminated the club's groundsharing agreeement.
After securing a pitch in Kidbrooke, a last gasp attempt was made to join the Essex League for the 1989/90 season, but in vain. With most of the side's players now having departed for pastures new, secretary, John Stancombe, had no real option but to wind-up the club. This he did, as a mark of respect, on 3rd April 1990, exactly one year after the club's finest ever result and record attendance; a 1-1 draw against - ironically - Fisher Athletic (who were at the time a Conference side) in front of 325 spectators.
Thanks to John Stancombe, ex-Secretary and Programme Editor at Southwark Borough FC, for the above crest and information. (Additional information from Football Utopia No.5.)
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