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Fixtures released!

By Ian Townsend

The 2019/20 BetVictor Isthmian League fixtures have just been released. Here are the highlights!

It’s one of the most anticipated days of the summer- Fixture Release Day. We’ll bring you some of the highlights here, and your clubs will bring you their entire fixture list shortly.

Our BetVictor Premier Division kicks off on Saturday 10th August, and it sees a number of rather mouth-watering matches. Amongst these, Horsham will play their first competitive fixture at their newly-opened Camping World Community Stadium as they entertain opponents from further up the A24, Leatherhead, whilst Bowers & Pitsea will see Wingate and Finchley travel to Essex. Last season’s Premier Division runners-up Carshalton Athletic will travel to Potters Bar Town, whilst Playoff Finalists Merstham will kick off the Frank Wilson era at home to newly-renamed Hornchurch.

Cheshunt will start their Premier Division adventure by travelling to a club reacquainting itself with Step Three, East Thurrock United, whilst highly-fancied Margate will entertain Brightlingsea Regent.

Here are our opening day fixtures in full:


Bishops Stortford v. Bognor Regis Town
Bowers & Pitsea v. Wingate & Finchley
East Thurrock United v. Cheshunt
Folkestone Invicta v. Worthing
Haringey Borough v. Corinthian-Casuals
Horsham v. Leatherhead
Kingstonian v. Cray Wanderers
Lewes v. Enfield Town
Margate v. Brightlingsea Regent
Merstham v. Hornchurch
Potters Bar Town v. Carshalton Athletic

Some of our North, South East and South Central clubs will be in FA Cup action on 10th- draw details tomorrow- but their BetVictor isthmian League campaign kicks off on 17th.

In the North Division last season’s runners up, Aveley, will travel to Dereham Town, whilst Playoff Winners Heybridge Swifts will head to Histon. Another of our Playoff quartet, Coggeshall Town, will entertain AFC Sudbury, whilst Maldon and Tiptree host Soham Town Rangers. Hullbridge Sports will start their Step Four campaign at home to Witham Town.

The South Central Division sees last season’s runners-up- and Playoff Finalists- Bracknell Town head to the High Road to face Chipstead, whilst FA Vase Winners Chertsey Town travel around the M25 to Uxbridge. Staines Town will begin their return to our league by travelling to Ware, whilst Marlow will start a season where they’ll be amongst the favourites for promotion by taking on Barking. The other of our Playoff qualifiers from last season, Westfield, travel to Northwood.

In the South East Division, Burgess Hill Town will have a tough task upon their return to Step Four as Hythe Town travel to the Green Elephants Stadium, whilst newly-promoted FA Vase Finalists Cray Valley PM will experience a baptism of fire as Hastings United head their way. Playoff Finalists Ashford United head to Phoenix Sports, whilst the other member of the Playoff family from last season, Haywards Heath Town, make the short trip to East Grinstead. Newly promoted Chichester City have a long journey to Ramsgate to look forward to, whilst highly-rated VCD Athletic will start their campaign at relegated Whitehawk.

Here are all the fixtures from August 17th:


Brightlingsea Regent v. Merstham
Carshalton Athletic v. Bishops Stortford
Cheshunt v. Haringey Borough
Cray Wanderers v. Corinthian-Casuals
East Thurrock United v. Potters Bar Town
Enfield Town v. Horsham
Folkestone Invicta v. Leatherhead
Kingstonian v. Margate
Lewes v. Bowers & Pitsea
Wingate & Finchley v. Bognor Regis Town
Worthing v. Hornchurch


Bury Town v. Basildon United
Coggeshall Town v. AFC Sudbury
Dereham Town v. Aveley
Felixstowe & Walton Unitedv. Great Wakering Rovers
Grays Athletic v. Brentwood Town
Histon v. Heybridge Swifts
Hullbridge Sports v. Witham Town
Maldon & Tiptree v. Soham Town Rangers
Romford v. Canvey Island
Tilbury v. Cambridge City


Ashford Town (Middx) v. Chalfont St Peter
Bedfont Sports v. Hanwell Town
Chipstead v. Bracknell Town
Harlow Town v. FC Romania
Hertford Town v. Tooting & Mitcham United
Marlow v. Barking
Northwood v. Westfield
South Park v. Waltham Abbey
Uxbridge v. Chertsey Town
Ware v. Staines Town


Burgess Hill Town v. Hythe Town
Cray Valley PM v. Hastings United
East Grinstead Town v. Haywards Heath Town
Faversham Town v. Guernsey
Phoenix Sports v. Ashford United
Ramsgate v. Chichester City
Three Bridges v. Sevenoaks Town
Whitehawk v. VCD Athletic
Whitstable Town v. Sittingbourne
Whyteleafe v. Herne Bay

August Bank Holiday Monday this year is on 26th August, and- as you would expect- throws up a collection of delicious local derbies; although, of course, not every match is a derby, no amount of creative mathematics would make that feasible!

Amongst the highlights in the Premier Division are Carshalton Athletic v Leatherhead, East Thurrock United v Bowers & Pitsea, Enfield Town v Potters Bar Town, Lewes v Horsham, Wingate & Finchley v Haringey Borough and Worthing v Bognor Regis Town.

Moving on to the North Division, Bury Town- who will be amongst the favourites to contest those top five places- host Cambridge City, Grays Athletic host Basildon United, Hullbridge Sports face Canvey Island and Romford bring Aveley to Brentwood, which is where they will be groundsharing this season.

In the South Central, the clash between Harlow Town and Waltham Abbey seems an early highlight, as does the visit of FC Romania to Ware. Ashford Town will entertain Westfield, and Chipstead will take on the talent-creating conveyor belt which is Tooting & Mitcham United, who seem to be producing professional footballers the way that our politicians produce hot air.

The South East Division sees Sussex derbies between Burgess Hill Town and Chichester City, East Grinstead Town and Hastings United, Whitehawk and Haywards Heath Town. Whitstable Town and Herne Bay will be battling to win seaside bragging rights, whilst Phoenix Sports v VCD Athletic is always feisty. Here’s the list of Bank Holiday Monday fixtures:


Brightlingsea Regent v. Hornchurch
Carshalton Athletic v. Leatherhead
Cheshunt v. Corinthian-Casuals
Cray Wanderers v. Margate
East Thurrock United v. Bowers & Pitsea
Enfield Town v. Potters Bar Town
Folkestone Invicta v. Merstham
Kingstonian v. Bishops Stortford
Lewes v. Horsham
Wingate & Finchley v. Haringey Borough
Worthing v. Bognor Regis Town


Bury Town v. Cambridge City
Coggeshall Town v. Great Wakering Rovers
Dereham Town v. Soham Town Rangers
Felixstowe & Walton Unitedv. Heybridge Swifts
Grays Athletic v. Basildon United
Histon v. AFC Sudbury
Hullbridge Sports v. Canvey Island
Maldon & Tiptree v. Witham Town
Romford v. Aveley
Tilbury v. Brentwood Town


Ashford Town (Middx) v. Westfield
Bedfont Sports v. Chertsey Town
Chipstead v. Tooting & Mitcham United
Harlow Town v. Waltham Abbey
Hertford Town v. Barking
Marlow v. Chalfont St Peter
Northwood v. Bracknell Town
South Park v. Hanwell Town
Uxbridge v. Staines Town
Ware v. FC Romania


Burgess Hill Town v. Chichester City
Cray Valley PM v. Sevenoaks Town
East Grinstead Town v. Hastings United
Faversham Town v. Hythe Town
Phoenix Sports v. VCD Athletic
Ramsgate v. Sittingbourne
Three Bridges v. Ashford United
Whitehawk v. Haywards Heath Town
Whitstable Town v. Herne Bay
Whyteleafe v. Guernsey

This year we will have Non-League Day on October 12th. England will be away in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, the Premier League and the Championship will have the weekend off, and you need to all persuade your professional football watching mates that they are better off watching the BetVictor Isthmian League anyway! If you can bring them along they might just decide to abandon the upper-echelons for Non-League on a permanent basis, just like all right-minded people.

Our fixtures on Non-League Day are as follows:


Bishops Stortford v. Horsham
Bognor Regis Town v. Potters Bar Town
Brightlingsea Regent v. Wingate & Finchley
Carshalton Athletic v. Kingstonian
Cheshunt v. Worthing
Corinthian-Casuals v. Folkestone Invicta
Cray Wanderers v. Enfield Town
East Thurrock United v. Lewes
Haringey Borough v. Margate
Hornchurch v. Bowers & Pitsea
Merstham v. Leatherhead

Our North, South Central and South East clubs will be in FA Trophy action.

Next, as that shouty bloke from Slade used to say before he retired, “It’s Christmaaaaas!” Once again a number of our clubs have asked not to play on Boxing Day or New Years Day, so we have a truncated programme. Remember, this was their choice, not ours, we haven’t turned into the Grinch and stolen your festive football.

There are still a number of fabulous festive fixtures to look forward to. Amongst them, Enfield Town entertain Haringey Borough, Folkestone Invicta will hope that Margate still have a hangover, Lewes entertain Bognor whilst Horsham travel down the A24 to Worthing. In the North Division, Coggeshall Town and Witham Town fight for local bragging rights, as do Histon and Cambridge City, Grays and Aveley and Maldon and Heybridge. Here are our Boxing Day fixtures in full:


Cray Wanderers v. Leatherhead
Enfield Town v. Haringey Borough
Folkestone Invicta v. Margate
Lewes v. Bognor Regis Town
Worthing v. Horsham


Bury Town v. Soham Town Rangers
Coggeshall Town v. Witham Town
Felixstowe & Walton Unitedv. Basildon United
Grays Athletic v. Aveley
Histon v. Cambridge City
Hullbridge Sports v. Great Wakering Rovers
Maldon & Tiptree v. Heybridge Swifts
Tilbury v. Canvey Island


Harlow Town v. Barking
Hertford Town v. FC Romania
Northwood v. Chalfont St Peter


Burgess Hill Town v. Hastings United
Faversham Town v. Herne Bay
Phoenix Sports v. Sittingbourne
Whitstable Town v. Ashford United

Next, New Years Day looks like this:


Bishops Stortford v. Kingstonian
Bognor Regis Town v. Worthing
Bowers & Pitsea v. East Thurrock United
Haringey Borough v. Wingate & Finchley
Horsham v. Lewes
Leatherhead v. Carshalton Athletic
Margate v. Cray Wanderers
Merstham v. Folkestone Invicta
Potters Bar Town v. Enfield Town


AFC Sudbury v. Histon
Basildon United v. Grays Athletic
Cambridge City v. Bury Town
Heybridge Swifts v. Felixstowe & Walton United


Staines Town v. Uxbridge


Ashford United v. Three Bridges
Hastings United v. East Grinstead Town
Herne Bay v. Whitstable Town
Hythe Town v. Faversham Town
Sevenoaks Town v. Cray Valley PM

Having forced you to think about Christmas, let’s move on to Easter. The Easter Bunny this season will be arriving on 12th April, which means (you’ll already have worked this out) that Easter Monday arrives on 13th. Nobody has asked for Easter off (and we’d have said no, these highly-trained athletes can manage their own chocolate intake), so we’ve a full programme, and it looks like this:


Bishops Stortford v. Brightlingsea Regent
Bognor Regis Town v. Lewes
Bowers & Pitsea v. Cheshunt
Corinthian-Casuals v. Kingstonian
Haringey Borough v. Enfield Town
Hornchurch v. East Thurrock United
Horsham v. Worthing
Leatherhead v. Cray Wanderers
Margate v. Folkestone Invicta
Merstham v. Carshalton Athletic
Potters Bar Town v. Wingate & Finchley


AFC Sudbury v. Dereham Town
Aveley v. Grays Athletic
Basildon United v. Felixstowe & Walton United
Brentwood Town v. Romford
Cambridge City v. Histon
Canvey Island v. Tilbury
Great Wakering Rovers v. Hullbridge Sports
Heybridge Swifts v. Maldon & Tiptree
Soham Town Rangers v. Bury Town
Witham Town v. Coggeshall Town


Barking v. Harlow Town
Bracknell Town v. Marlow
Chalfont St Peter v. Northwood
Chertsey Town v. Chipstead
FC Romania v. Hertford Town
Hanwell Town v. Uxbridge
Staines Town v. Ashford Town (Middx)
Tooting & Mitcham United v. South Park
Waltham Abbey v. Ware
Westfield v. Bedfont Sports


Ashford United v. Whitstable Town
Chichester City v. Whitehawk
Guernsey v. Three Bridges
Hastings United v. Burgess Hill Town
Haywards Heath Town v. Whyteleafe
Herne Bay v. Faversham Town
Hythe Town v. Ramsgate
Sevenoaks Town v. East Grinstead Town
Sittingbourne v. Phoenix Sports
VCD Athletic v. Cray Valley PM

Finally, let’s go to the last Saturday of the season- April 25th. It will undoubtedly turn out to be critical, and here are the fixtures:


Bishops Stortford v. Merstham
Bognor Regis Town v. Hornchurch
Bowers & Pitsea v. Potters Bar Town
Cheshunt v. Brightlingsea Regent
Cray Wanderers v. Carshalton Athletic
East Thurrock United v. Corinthian-Casuals
Folkestone Invicta v. Lewes
Kingstonian v. Leatherhead
Margate v. Horsham
Wingate & Finchley v. Enfield Town
Worthing v. Haringey Borough


Aveley v. Cambridge City
Brentwood Town v. Basildon United
Coggeshall Town v. Bury Town
Dereham Town v. Felixstowe & Walton United
Great Wakering Rovers v. Heybridge Swifts
Histon v. Canvey Island
Hullbridge Sports v. Grays Athletic
Maldon & Tiptree v. AFC Sudbury
Tilbury v. Romford
Witham Town v. Soham Town Rangers


Barking v. Chipstead
Bedfont Sports v. Staines Town
Chalfont St Peter v. FC Romania
Hanwell Town v. Chertsey Town
Marlow v. Tooting & Mitcham United
Northwood v. Harlow Town
South Park v. Hertford Town
Waltham Abbey v. Ashford Town (Middx)
Ware v. Bracknell Town
Westfield v. Uxbridge


Ashford United v. Hythe Town
Cray Valley PM v. Whitehawk
East Grinstead Town v. Chichester City
Hastings United v. Guernsey
Haywards Heath Town v. VCD Athletic
Phoenix Sports v. Ramsgate
Sevenoaks Town v. Herne Bay
Sittingbourne v. Burgess Hill Town
Three Bridges v. Whyteleafe
Whitstable Town v. Faversham Town

And that’s your lot! Head over to the Match Info tab here shortly to find the entire season laid out in front of you, take a look at your club website to get a far easier to read version just covering the matches that are actually important to you, and come back for FA Cup and FA Trophy details tomorrow. Football is BACK (well, nearly)!

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