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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Potter’s Bar Town FC

Parkfield, Watkins Rise (off The Walk), Potter’s Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1QN
Telephone: 01707 654833
Nickname: The Scholars
Isthmian League

The club has its origins in the formation of the Mount Grace Old Scholars Football Association in 1960. The school's first team was having a good season but, with many of the boys due to leave, the PE Master Ken Barrett asked the boys to support him in raising a team to play on Saturday afternoons. Any interested Old Scholars were also invited to join. 

The move into the Spartan South Midlands League in 1991/92 coincided with the name change from Mount Grace (Potters Bar) to Potters Bar Town FC, with floodlights installed two years later at a cost of £30,000.  A new 21-year renewable lease on the ground was granted by the county council, which secured the future of the club at ‘Parkfield’ and allowed further progression up the Pyramid. In May 2000 planning permission was obtained to extend the existing clubhouse, fence in the ground and carry out spectator improvements. Grants were immediately obtained from the Football Foundation and the FA for a 150 seat Stand and this was completed in May 2001. During the summer of 2002, the club undertook more ground improvements, with the pitch barrier infill, a new match officials room, players shower room improvements, pay booth and completion of the PA system.

In 2005 further developments were undertaken to allow the club to enter the Southern League and, in the space of just six weeks, a new perimeter fence was erected, major improvements were made to the stand and changing rooms; and turnstiles and an outside toilet block were added to the facilities. After just one season however the club found itself moved into the Isthmian League following continued restructuring of the Non League Pyramid.

Parkfield is certainly a pleasant enough venue, with ample parking facilities and its well-appointed clubhouse just behind the smart main stand (in the club’s blue & red colours) on the near touchline. Further cover is provided opposite with a couple of benches, plus room for standing spectators behind. DB