1907 schism, AFA, Amateur Football Association, Amateur Football Combination, Bromley, Corkscrew Hill, Dulwich Hamlet, Football, groundhopping, Kent Youth League, Southern Amateur League, West Wickham
Sunday 25th September 2016 ko 11.00
Kent Youth League U18 North
WEST WICKHAM 0
DULWICH HAMLET 6 (Wilson 19 Osideko 34 42 Histon 39 Buchan 56 Kamara 87)
Now here’s a curiosity, a part railed pitch with hard standing near Bromley in Kent that until recently would have passed muster for Step 6. But to use a piece of groundhopping vernacular it doesn’t fall under many hopping “Radars.” But the reason Corkscrew Hill is an oddity is due to what happened in 1907.
In Scotland football is separated into Amateur, Junior, and Senior with different administrations for all three. That was due to a schism, and a similar one happened in the English game in 1907. The Amateur Football Defence Foundation split from the Football Association to become the Amateur Football Association, over what they described as the “Fungus growth which had become attached to the machinery of football management” or put more succinctly professionalism.
The FA took the view that the AFA, now the Amateur Football Alliance would make little or no impact, and to this day the AFA exists only in a meaningful sense in its heartland of London and the South East. Nevertheless back then it placed some clubs in a dilemma. Both Oxford and Cambridge universities backed the AFA but the Army and Navy clubs backed the FA. To this day 4 former FA Cup winners play in AFA competitions, Old Carthusians, Old Etonians, Clapham Rovers, and The Wanderers. Past members of the AFA include Ipswich Town, Barnet, Cambridge City and the Corinthian Casuals (as their pre-merged Corinthians and the Casuals.) West Wickham play in Senior Division 1 of the Southern Amateur League.
At youth level though the two FA’s meet, echoing slightly Scottish Junior sides entering the Scottish (senior) Cup. Here Isthmian Premier outfit Dulwich Hamlet provided the opposition. The problem for West Wickham was that Dulwich Hamlet take great pride in their youth team and it showed. West Wickham tried but were outpassed and outclassed and in the end the 0-6 scoreline was a fair reflection on play.
Now to explore more of the AFA game…..