BILLERICAY TOWN v SLOUGH TOWN
Slough 2-3 Maidstone
National League South
Saturday 7 November 2020
P27 W13 D4 L10 F42 A47
Saturday 14 November 2020, 3:00pm
Blunts Wall Road
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Slough Football Club was formed in 1893 when three local clubs, Swifts, Slough Albion and Young Men’s Friendly Society merged. Swifts were nearly 30-years old as a club by then and had appeared in three F.A. Cup Semi-Finals as well as producing international footballers for England and Scotland.
In 1939 the clubs Dolphin Stadium home was sold by its owners for Greyhound Racing. Slough ground shared with Maidenhead United until they merged with Slough Centre to allow them to play in Slough once more. The new club were called Slough United.
Once football resumed after the Second World War Slough United became founder members of the Corinthian League rather than re-join the Spartan League. This move led to them becoming known as ‘The Rebels.’
In 1947 Slough United was split in two creating Slough Centre and Slough Town. Centre would become founding members of the Delphian League, whilst Town remained as members of the Corinthian League.
Town won the Corinthian League title in 1951, and only finished outside the top 5 three times for the rest of the decade.
During the 1952-53 season Slough reached the Semi-Final of the F.A. Amateur Cup but were beaten 2-0 by Pegasus.
At the end of the 1962-63 season the Corinthian League folded. The majority of the league formed the new First Division of the Athenian League.
The Athenian League title was won in 1965, then again in 1968, 1972 and 1973. With the fourth title came promotion to Division Two of the Isthmian League.
During the 1970-71 season Slough began their F.A. Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw at Tilbury. The replay was won 2-0. This was followed by home wins against Kingstonian and Ilford. A fourth consecutive home match in the cup ended a 3-3 draw with Hillingdon Borough, but The Rebels won the replay 2-0 to set-up an away match at Isthmian League Wycombe Wanderers for their first appearance in the First Round.
Another draw, 1-1, meant another replay and another Slough victory. The Rebels were given another home draw, this time against Southern League Barnet. The Londoners won the match 2-0.
As they were on their way to winning the Athenian League for the fourth time with were also on a run in the F.A. Amateur Cup. In 1970 they got to the Quarter-Finals, and in 1971 the Semi-Finals, and the Quarter-Finals again in 1972.
Wins against Hastings United and Leytonstone gave them a Quarter-Final home match against Blyth Spartans, which they won 1-0. The Semi-Final, against Bishop’s Stortford, was played at Watford and won 1-0.
Slough Town went to Wembley in the penultimate F.A. Amateur Final where they faced from Walton & Hersham. The Surrey wide won the match 1-0.
Their first season, 1973-74, as members of the Isthmian League gave them a runners-up spot, behind Dagenham, and promotion to the Premier Division.
Another appearance in the F.A. Cup First Round, in 1973, resulted in defeat against Reading. A year later and Brentford knocked them out at the same stage.
A Quarter-Final win in the 1976-77 F.A. Trophy against Morecambe set-up a two-legged Semi-Final against Dagenham. The East Londoners won 6-2 on aggregate.
Another run in the F.A. Cup took the club to the Second Round during the 1979-80 season. Hungerford Town were beaten 3-1 in the First Round before the run was ended with a 1-0 defeat at Yeovil Town.
The Isthmian League title was lifted, for the first time, in 1981. Slough beat Enfield by two points.
On 5 December 1981 Slough Town visited New Lodge for the first meeting between the two clubs. Billericay had been promoted in to the Premier Division that summer. The Rebels won the match 1-0. The clubs met again in March 1982 with The Blues winning 1-0. Slough finished 8th whilst Billericay finished 17th.
During the 1982-83 season Bideford were beaten 7-1 in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup and Millwall, then of Division Three, were welcomed to Wexham Park. The league side were beaten 1-0, but the run came to an end in the Second Round. Bishop’s Stortford won 4-1, also at Wexham Park.
Slough faced league opposition again during the 1985-86 F.A. Cup tournament. A 5-2 away win, played at Tring, against Aylesbury United in the First Round. The Second Round gave The Rebels a trip to Brisbane Road to play Division Three Orient.
The Rebels recorded a great 2-2 draw and followed it with a respectable 3-2 defeat in the replay.
A year later and they reached the Second Round again, losing 3-0 at Swansea.
The 1990’s started with promotion. Wokingham Town were beaten to the Isthmian League title and Slough took their place in the Conference. Another F.A. Cup run ended at the First Round as they were beaten by Woking.
From 1992 they reached the First Round of the F.A. Cup for five seasons in a row, and were knocked out by league opposition each time.
They finished 19th and then 20th in their first two seasons but followed these with a 5th place in 1993. Relegation followed a season later.
Slough finished as runners-up, 14 points behind Enfield, in the Isthmian League in 1995 and were promoted again. They finished 8th in 1998 but were relegated back to the Isthmian League as their ground did not meet the correct grading standards.
During the 1997-98 season Slough had a great run in the F.A. Trophy. Welling United, Halifax Town and Boreham Wood were all beaten in replays to give The Rebels a trip to Hertfordshire where they would face Stevenage in the Quarter-Final. A 1-0 later and Slough were heading to the Semi-Finals for the first time since 1977.
A 1-0 home defeat against Southport was followed by a 1-1 draw and Slough missed out on the final.
In 1998 The Rebels sold Lloyd Owusu to Brentford for a club record transfer fee of £25,000. He scored 25 goals in all competitions for The Bees. He went on to join Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and return to Brentford. Further moves took him to Yeovil Town, Cheltenham Town and Brighton & Hove Albion. Owusu made his debut for Ghana in 2005. Injury ruled him out of a place in the squad for the 2006 World Cup. Lloyd moved abroad to join Adelaide United before a return home saw him move to Luton Town. He signed for Slough Town again in 2012 and returned to Australia before retiring in 2017.
In 2000 Derek Asamoah, a cousin of Lloyd Owusu, joined the club moving to Northampton Town. He moved to Mansfield Town, Lincoln City and then Shrewsbury Town before a controversial move to Ligue 1 Nice. In 2006 Derek was called up to the Ghana squad for the first of 4 caps. He scored 1 goal for his country. His next move took him to Hamilton Academical in Scotland, then Lokomotiv Sofia in Bulgaria, Pohang Steelers and Deagu in South Korea.
On 29 August 2016 Slough Town played their first match at the newly built Arbour Park. The Rebels beat Hayes & Yeading United 2-1.
The 2000-01 season ended with another relegation. A league restructure in 2004 gave them a place back in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
Slough made yet another appearance in the Second Round of the F.A. Cup during the 2004-05 season. They were eventually beaten by Yeading, but they’d triumphed against League One Walsall in the First Round.
In 2007 they were relegated from the Isthmian League Premier Division and switched to the Southern League, joining Division 1 South & West.
The Rebels faced Mansfield Town in the First Round of the F.A. Cup. The first meeting, in Mansfield, ended goalless. Slough then held the league team to a 1-1 draw but the visitors won the penalty shoot-out.
After five successive top 6 finishes in the second tier of the Southern League, including a runners-up spot they eventually achieved promotion via the play-offs in 2014, beating Kettering Town in the Final.
They lost out in the play-offs in 2017 but a year later beat Kettering Town, again, and then King’s Lynn Town to gain a place in the National League South.
Gainsborough Trinity were beaten 6-0 in the First Round of the 2017-18 edition of the F.A. Cup tournament. Slough then hosted Rochdale in the Second Round, but the League One side won the match 4-0.
A year later and Slough beat Sutton United on penalties to set-up an F.A. Cup Second Round tie with League One’s Gillingham. The Kent side left Slough with a 1-0 win.
When the Coronavirus brough football to a halt in March Slough were sitting in fifth place.