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Grier's Guide to Enfield Town

When: Saturday 29th February, 3.00pm kick-off.

The town: Formerly a small market town, Enfield has long-since been swallowed up into North London suburbia. The world's first ATM opened at Barclays in Enfield in 1967; the Royal Small Arms Factory made a lot of the British Army's guns from 1816 until its closure in 1988; and the town got a lot of attention in the 1997 General Election with the 'were you up for Portillo?' moment - the surprise loss of Enfield Southgate came to symbolise the scale of the Conservative defeat.

The ground: Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, 3 Donkey Lane, EN1 3PL. If Ks' long-term search for a ground leads to somewhere with an athletics track then Enfield will be the template for how to do it properly. Roll-on roll-off terraces behind each goal allow close access for the fans and a decent atmosphere. The main stand and cafe dominate the ground, and are a great piece of art deco architecture.

Directions: About a 20 minute walk from Enfield Town station, via either Liverpool Street or Seven Sisters. The club recommend using the car park on Donkey Lane if you're driving. Heading to junction 25 of the M25 and then back in on the A10 is likely to be (relatively) less traffic-affected than battling the North Circular on a Saturday afternoon.

Our record there: A generally good record, in particular a 5-2 victory that kicked off 2014-15. Last year we grabbed a 1-0 win, one of the few highlights in a disappointing season, thanks to a fine goal from loanee James Daly.

Recent form: Still very much in playoff contention but with a mixed bag of form. Impressive wins (3-0 away to Margate and 2-0 at home to Bognor) have sandwiched a 4-0 reversal at Hornchurch.

Players to watch: Former Ks player Muhammadu Faal bagged 24 goals for Enfield by Boxing Day before securing a move to League One Bolton Wanderers. But non-league veteran Billy Bricknell is still there and will be a big goalscoring threat, while former England C international Nathan McDonald is a reliable presence in goal.

Crowd: A supporter-owned success story, Enfield are a credit to the league. Expect at least 350 and some singing from behind the goal.   

Drinking: There's a choice of three pubs by Enfield Town station. Gastropub The Kings Head, O'Neill's and Taps Irish Bar all show big screen football. There's nothing else to break up the long walk to the ground, however. 

Food: A friendly tea bar run with homemade cakes as well as the usual burgers etc. A retail park near the ground includes KFC, McDonald's and Nando's.

Published Sunday 23rd February 2020