Monday, September 26, 2011
Club Focus - March Town United
Tomorrow night we are going on the relatively short trip up to March to see Ely take on March Town United in the Ridgeons League Cup. It will be my first trip to the GER Sports Ground. I have thought about going there before, as it holds a bit of mystery as anyone you meet who has ever been there doesn't have a good thing to say about the place.
The club who currently play in Division 1 of the League can trace their history back to two clubs who operated in March before World War 2; March GER United and March Town. The former of these clubs, United were founded in 1911 and moved to the present ground in 1923. March Town started life out in 1885 and had played at several different venues in the league before joining up with United after the War.
In 1954 The Hares joined the Eastern Counties League and finished in one of their highest positions in that season, 3rd. In 1988 the won the league for the only time in their history up to now, by beating Chatteris Town in front of 2000 fans. March have probably not seen such crowds for a Cambridgeshire Derby up until this season when they drew with Wisbech in front of well over a 1000 fans in the FA Cup before going down to the Fenmen in the replay in front of another bumper crowd.
March won't be going further in the FA Cup this year (and hopefully won't be in the League Cup either, but they have reached the first round proper twice, losing 4-0 to Brentford in 1954 and 1-0 at Swindon in 1979.