The Stanley Cup is still the biggest thing I’ve seen a sportsman lift in public but today’s presentation at Chalfont St Peter ran it close. The Molten Spartan South Midlands Football League is a merger between the Spartan League and the South Midlands League. The Spartan League had previously merged with the London League. The big old shield celebrates the winners of the “London First Division” – a title that Chalfont St Peter in bright, leafy Buckinghamshire are now proud holder of.
There was also a soccer match to be played – and incidentally they would have called it soccer in that first London League season in 1896 so forget any notions of Americanism – but that was largely forgettable. Chalfont cruising to a 4-1 win despite some effective bluster from Biggleswade, who scored through their only real attack. The Champions with their trophy now have 100 points and 96 goals and are looking forward to Step 4 next season.
There’s a set of photos from the day here.