The 2017/18 season has been over for 6 weeks and now its time to look ahead at who The Beachboys are set to face in the new campaign which as always will bring new challenges and more importantly, new teams. This is the fourth of a 5 part series that we will be releasing over the next month to get you all in the excited spirit for new season under Sammy Moore.
This week for ‘Campaign 2018-19 – The New Opponents’, we look at Slough Town.
Who Are They?
Slough are based in Berkshire and were formed in 1893 and they got promotion via the Southern League Premier Division Play-Off Final last season at the expense of Kings Lynn Town.
The history of the club began in 1890 when three teams known as Swifts, Slough Albion and Young Men’s Friendly Society formed a new club (Slough F.C). The team originally played in the Southern Alliance before eventually moving on to the Great Western Suburban League. In 1921, it attempted to join the Isthmian League but lost out to Wycombe Wanderers in the voting. Instead Slough chose to join the Spartan League.
After a few years of switching to various leagues, the club were finally allowed to join the Isthmian League in 1973 following 3 occasions of winning the Athenian League in 10 years. After 17 years at the level, they won promotion to the Conference and staying there for 4 years before a 1 season wonder back in the Isthmian got them promoted back to the Conference in 1995. They lasted 3 seasons before facing relegation back to their previous league.
They then spent a number of years having mixed results whilst in the Isthmian League as they welcomed in the new millennium. The 2006/07 season was the last Isthmian League campaign that Slough was part of before being moved over to the Southern League.
After 7 years of playing at Step 4 level, the club won promotion to the Southern Premier in 2014 and then won promotion via the play-offs after 4 years at Step 3 following their 2-1 victory at Kings Lynn Town in the play-off final.
The Rebels play their home games at Arbour Park and they’ve been there since 2016. It has a 3G playing service which will mean if its scheduled that we’re set to play them at Arbour Park during winter, the game will more than likely go ahead.
The stadium has a capacity of 2000. The ground will continue to be segregated for our visit this season.
They finished the 2017/18 Southern Premier League season in 3rd place with 99 points earned and they scored 111 goals which ultimately got them promotion via the play-offs to Step 2. The club’s run in the FA Cup saw them reach the Second Round Proper before losing 4-0 at home to League 1 side Rochdale whilst their FA Trophy run was halted at the 3rd Qualifying Round Replay stage where they lost at home to Hendon 3-0 on penalites following a 1-1 draw.
Slough are now managed by Neil Baker and Jon Underwood. The duo joined the club in 2013 from Godalming Town.
Baker started his career at Wycombe Wanderers before moving to Farnborough, Aldershot Town, Boreham Wood, Sutton United, Leatherhead and Bracknell Town.
At 29 years old, he made the move into management he took over Fleet Spurs in the Wessex League Division One as manager for 2 years. During the 2010/11 campaign, Baker made the switch to Godalming which linked him up with Jon Underwood and enjoying a successful spell which culminated in reaching the Isthmian Division One South playoffs and beating Sutton United to lift the Surrey Senior Cup in 2012/13.
Baker and Underwood also led Godalming to the Isthmian Division One South playoffs in 2011/12, and the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
Underwood played over 150 games for Farnborough and has also played at Aylesbury United, Staines Town and Bracknell Town.
He was first team manager at Sandhurst Town for two seasons before making the switch to Godalming during the 2010/11 season, linking up with Baker and enjoying a successful spell.
The Last Time:
This season will see us play our friends from Berkshire for the first time as both Arbour Park and The Aspect Arena will both hold host to us playing each other. We expect it to be two great games for all to watch this season.