Lapford celebrate their ton up
100 years young for the Division One champions
GREAT DAY BY ALL
Lapford AFC celebrated their centenary on Saturday 10th August and would like to thank Broadclyst FC for stepping in at the last minute to fulfil a friendly fixture after North Devon side Landkey pulled out at the last minute. The game ended 8-1 to the new Premier side. This was followed by a game between Lapford 2nds and Veterans and Legends of the club. The 2nd team being very sporting and coming out winners in the end.
Afterwards there was a party atmosphere with a bbq bar and music entertainment late into the night.
LAPFORD HISTORY AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR CENTENARY
Lapford AFC were formed in 1919 in time to take their place on the football ladder. They started in the Yeoford division of the Tiverton & District League and their first competitive season was in 1920-1921 when they finished runners up. Lapford continued in the Tiverton League until 1934 when they joined the Exeter & District League under the name of Ambrosia and were champions in 1939 the final season before World War 2.
After the war there were not enough adult males in the village to raise a team but Lapford returned to competitive football in 1948This was rectified when the then 20 year old Fred Leach returned from a season with Winkleigh and reformed the Lapford team and they played in Junior 2 West of the E & D League, They did not sport a team in the 1953-1954 season because of a dispute but returned the following season.
A number of venues have been home for the club with the current home ground at Edgerly Park having been settled upon for at least the last 25 years. but all was sorted and there has been continuous action ever since
During their 100 years, the club has gone 94 years without adding any silverware competing in a variety of competitions. Playing in the Devon and Exeter league and having gained promotion eventually to the Premier in the 1990s rather fortuitously as a lucky runner up. However a slide through the leagues followed and in 2012 the club found themselves.struggling to avoid relegation from Division 5. Something changed in 2013-2014 when the current crop of players came together and stormed to the Championship of Division 5 and the rollercoaster commenced. The following year saw the 1st team claim the Division 4 championship followed by Division 3 and 2 in consecutive years. They also managed to get to consecutive finals of the Devon Senior Cup in 2015 and 2016 losing narrowly on both occasions to Division 1 sides. After a brief consolidation in Division 1 for the 2017-18 season where they finished 6th the team powered to the Division 1 championship in the 2018/19 season to clinch a spot in Premier as a milestone for the club in the 100th year.
Now at the age of 91, the very same Fred Leach is the club President and attends very game,home or away where he gets to see his 3 grandsons form the backbone of the club as well as.having seen his son attending all games home and away is his unrelated namesake Gerald Leach who also played for the club I the 1950s.
Last Saturday 10th August 2019 was adopted as the 100th anniversary and to celebrate , a friendly match was organised for the first team with Broadclyst followed by a match between the 2nd team and a team of veterans related to the club along with former players. During the games there were other attractions as well as an all day bar and barbecue as well as live music and disco into the night.
Click here to view their league record over their 100 years
Monday 12th August 2019