Grier's Guide to Enfield Town
When: Saturday 3rd October 2020, 3.00pm kick-off.
The club: Supporter-owned team who formed in 2001 to keep football going in the borough when Enfield, formerly giants of the non-league game, sold their Southbury Road ground and moved to Boreham Wood. They've been firmly established in the Isthmian Premier since 2012.
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 - at least in more normal times. 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.
Ticket prices: £11 adults, £7 over 65s/students/under 21s, £1 under 16s. The Towners will also be selling a limited number of seating tickets for the main stand for an additional £4. Tickets are available at https://etfc.london/event/enfield-town-vs-kingstonian
Covid security: Enfield are making a cautious return and only have a maximum capacity of 350 for our game. Temperatures will be taken before entrance to the ground, and face coverings will be required for entry to any buildings (unless medically exempt), seating will be greatly reduced, a one-way system in operation around the ground and there are social distancing markers on the terraces.
Our record there: A generally good record, in particular a 5-2 victory that kicked off 2014-15. We also grabbed a 1-0 win, one of the few highlights in the disastrous 2018-19 season, thanks to a fine goal from loanee James Daly. Last season's fixture was postponed due to the weather and then not rearranged before lockdown.
Recent form: Much better than ours with wins in their opening two league games, 1-0 at Merstham and then 4-1 at home to Lewes.
Players to watch: Non-league veteran Billy Bricknell is a big goalscoring threat, while former England C international Nathan McDonald is a reliable presence in goal. Full back Jonathan Muleba was one of Dean Brennan's signings who had a brief spell at Ks.
Crowd: A supporter-owned success story, Enfield are a credit to the league. Usually they'll have a crowd of at least 350 and some singing from behind the goal, though that number will depend on their Covid restrictions.
Drinking: Due to Covid restrictions the art deco bar at the ground has been closed, with an outdoor bar in place instead. 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. The King's Head and O'Neill's have small outside areas if you want to be more Covid-safe. There are no pubs 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. The retail park near the ground includes KFC, McDonald's and Nando's.