Boxing Day Derby in St Albans

December 23rd 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge

On Boxing Day 26th December 2019 in St Albans, the National League South will be holding their derby between St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead at St Albans City Football Club, Clarence Park Stadium, St Albans AL1 4PL. Kick-off is at 3 pm, adult tickets are £16.30 in advance (stalbanscityfc.com) and £18 at the gate.

St Albans City FC (the saints) was founded in April 1908 but its golden period came during the 1920s but local football clubs are back and over the past ten years some of the most amazing days have been enjoyed and endured by the Hertfordshire club in the run-up to its centenary. What better way than to fulfil the Boxing Day sporting event activity than getting to know your local club.

Football had been played at the Saints Clarence Park home grounds for 14 years before the formation of the present-day club. The original St Albans, which also played home matches at three other venues within the old Roman stronghold, met its demise. After a four year lapse, a senior club bearing the name of the city rose again in 1908 and during its formative years competed in the Herts County and Spartan Leagues. A move to the Athenian League in 1920 heralded the start of the Saints halcyon days as that championship was won twice in three years paving the way for an election to the Isthmian League. 

There have also been some stars in The Saints Wilfred Minter, scored a staggering 356 goals in 362 games. He is the Saints all-time top goalscorer and can be found in record books as the player to have scored the most goals for the losing side in an FA Cup tie. The Amateur England international struck seven times as City went down 8-7 to Dulwich Hamlet in a 4th Qualifying Round replay on 22 November 1922. 

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