The Berkhamsted Comrades

The football club was formed by ex-servicemen in 1919, as a link to hold the servicemen who had won the war together. The comradeship began overseas, as one founding player commented

‘Only the people I served with can understand and I want to be with them’.

The founding Berkhamsted team featured H. Moore, W. Olliffe, F. Cooley, A. Dell, W. Monger, W. Brinklow, E. Pitkin, H. Meager, F. Gill, D. Bull and W. Widden.

The side played in two leagues, in Division One of the West Herts League and the West Division of the Herts County League at Lower Kings Road.  The club played their first game on the 20th of September 1919, when they won 4-1 against Leavesden in the West Herts League Division. The goal scorers were Pitkin (2), Bull and Gill.

In 1922 the club joined Division Two of the Spartan League and changed its name to Berkhamsted Town FC. The club would go on to produce top players such as Frank Broome who signed with the club in 1933 and later went on to play with Aston Villa and England, and Maurice Cook who became the first player ever to score a goal in the Football League Cup in 1960.

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