Season 2018: February Update

The half way stage in the Southern Independent Schools Lent Term League, sponsored by Regent’s University, has arrived. The term so far has seen a great number of close and exciting fixtures with different schools challenging for the silverware in the seven different leagues.

In the 1st XI league, Harrow are the only side left with a 100% record and they lead St John’s by a point, with Haileybury and Berkhamsted just behind having started the season strongly. In the 2nd XI league, St Paul’s look the team to beat, having won 3 out of 3 so far, although Epsom and Harrow are close on their tails. At 3rd XI level Radley and Tonbridge are the top two, the former having won all of their games to date.

The Under 16A league looks wide open with Epsom, Tonbridge and St Paul’s all within a point of leaders Harrow. In the Under 16B league, the top two, Harrow and Berkhamsted met on Saturday, with Harrow’s narrow 3-2 win taking them to top spot at half term.

There have been some outstanding matches in the Under 15A league, where St John’s and Tonbridge both reach half term on maximum points. The top two in the Under 15B league, St John’s and St Paul’s, have already played out a 1-1 draw to remain unbeaten, but Berkhamsted will still fancy their chances, being a point behind and with a massive +18 goal difference.

The league resumes on Saturday 24th February with all eight sides in action and 56 points up for grabs.

Season 2018: Introduction

The 11th season of the Southern Lent Term Independent Schools League begins in January and promises to be more competitive than ever. Epsom College join the league for 2018 and will be looking to challenge for the trophies won by Tonbridge, St Paul’s and St John’s last time around. Radley and Berkhamsted, who were runners-up in the Under 15 and Under 16 leagues in 2017, will be looking to secure their first silverware, whilst Haileybury and Harrow will seek to win back the Charles Alcock Cup as their trophy winning Under 16 and Under 15 teams from 2016 reach the sixth form. With leagues introduced at Under 16B and Under 15B level there will be more interest and competition than ever.









  1ST XI 2ND XI 3RD XI U16 XI U15 XI
2008 Haileybury Harrow   Haileybury Harrow
2009 Harrow Harrow   St. John's Harrow
2010 Harrow Harrow   Harrow Harrow
2011 St. John's Harrow   Harrow Haileybury
2012 Tonbridge Harrow   Harrow Harrow
2013 St. John's Tonbridge   Haileybury St. Paul's
2014 St. John's Tonbridge   Harrow Harrow
2015 St. Paul's Harrow   Harrow Haileybury
2016 Harrow Tonbridge Harrow Haileybury Harrow
2017 Tonbridge Tonbridge St. Paul's St. John's Tonbridge 


Charles Alcock, who had been a schoolboy at Harrow and a member of Druries House (of whom the current ISFA Chairman was housemaster for many years) was instrumental in the development of international football, the FA Cup, and indeed, the Football Association itself. He was an early committee member of the Football Association which was formed in 1863, joining it in 1866. He was elected, at the age of 28, to the position of FA secretary. In 1871 he proposed the FA Challenge Cup, the first 'knock-out' type tournament. Fifteen teams entered the inaugural competition and Wanderers (a now defunct London team) won it, captained by Charles Alcock who played at centre-forward and had a goal disallow for handball. The FA ‘Challenge’ Cup was so called at that time because Wanderers, as winners, automatically qualified for the final and all the teams played a knock out competition with the winners ‘challenging’ the holders in the final. 

Charles Alcock was also instrumental in the development of the first international fixture. He did this by writing an address through the Glasgow Herald, inviting representatives to a game at the Kennington Oval, which was then, as now, the home of Surrey Cricket Club (Alcock was Secretary of Surrey CCC). Because the game's basis was completely amateur at the time, financial considerations meant that the Scottish team ended up being composed entirely of Scots living in England, and England won 1-0. There were three further matches, all in England, before the first match to be held in Scotland. 

However all those early matches were considered unofficial, largely because the English FA were running everything, even the selection of the Scottish side. Both the English and Scottish Football Associations record the first Scottish-based match, at the West of Scotland Cricket Club at Partick on 30th November 1872, as the first ever official international match. Charles Alcock was down to captain the side, but was injured and had to be content with umpiring. The match ended at 0-0. 

In 1875 Charles Alcock captained England against Scotland in a match played at the Kennington Oval. It ended 2-2, with Alcock scoring England's second goal in the 65 minute. England had had to play without their goalkeeper initially as William Carr was 15 minutes late because of delays on the trains on his route from Sheffield. 

Charles Alcock remained as Secretary of the FA until 1896, instigating, amongst other things, the International Selection Committee in 1887. This committee selected England sides until Walter Winterbottom and then Alf Ramsey took over the duty. From 1896 until his death in 1907 Charles Alcock was Vice President of the FA. Unlike David Elleray who only refereed one FA Cup Final (Manchester United v Chelsea in 1994) Charles Alcock ‘umpired’ a number of finals.


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